Drayton Couple cycle to Paris to celebrate anniversary and raise money for charity
PUBLISHED: 06:30 28 October 2014
When Nigel Jackson, 53, promised to take wife Yvonne to Paris for their 25th wedding anniversary, she was completely unaware that it wouldn't be by ferry, Eurostar or plane, but by bike.
After the shock wore off, the couple from The Shires asked friends and family to donate to the Progressive Supranuclear Association rather than buying gifts and raised £1,700.
Mrs Jackson, 47, said: “I was shocked. You talk about these things but never think you’ll actually get around to doing them.
“The support from our family and friends was incredibly generous, we can’t thank them enough.”
The epic journey was in memory of Nigel’s mother, Joyce Jackson, who lost her battle with the little-known disease late last year after suffering from it for seven years.
Having raised awareness of PSP in the past and, as a couple, competing in the Great North Run and the 2010 London Marathon, Mr Jackson decided to take the challenge to inform the public of the implications associated with the condition.
The challenge took place from September 17 to 21, allowing Mr and Mrs Jackson an average 70 miles a day- no mean feat.
Mrs Jackson said: “It was tough but incredibly rewarding. There was a great mixture of people of all abilities.
“Everybody pulled together and helped each other, it was brilliant.
“We were excited because we knew we were almost there but quickly found it wasn’t going to be easy.
“It took almost twice as long to complete because there were so many traffic lights!
“We were exhausted. It’s by far the hardest thing we’ve ever done.”
She praised the support network available, including the PSA and the support team who helped the couple cross the finish line.
“We were elated but also a bit tearful and relieved,” she said.
“The trip was made all the more poignant after we found that a member of the support team had also been affected by PSP and his father died 10 years ago.
“We raised a fantastic amount of money for a small charity dear to our hearts. The government offer no money so the money raised really helps.”
If you or someone you know is affected by PSP, help and support is available. Contact the PSPA helpline on 0300 0110 122 or go to pspassociation.org.uk.
Are you taking on a challenge for a cause close to your heart? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.