Marriage starts with charity cycling success

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 August 2015

Anna and Lee Atkinson, who got married on a charity cycle ride from Lands End to John o'Groats.

Anna and Lee Atkinson, who got married on a charity cycle ride from Lands End to John o'Groats.

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A cycling couple, who got married on a ride from John O'Groats to Land's End, have raised more than £4,000 for charity.

Lee Atkinson, 55, and new wife Anna, 47, from Exmouth, agreed to mark their big day in a way that celebrated their shared love of cycling, having first met at Teign Valley Pedal Bashers Cycling group eight years ago.

They, therefore, decided to complete the 1,450-mile ride, with a pit-stop at the famous Old Blacksmiths Shop in Gretna Green to get married.

Anna, who works as a trauma nurse practitioner at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, said: “The wedding went really well.

“People were stopping their cars to take pictures and tooting their horns - I think we made quite a few people smile!

“And the cycle ride itself was brilliant - in total 1,450 miles in three weeks with only one small accident 50 miles from the end.”

Throughout their challenge, Anna and Lee fundraised for their chosen charities, Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation, through sponsorship, wedding present donations and a post-ride wedding festival, which raised £1,600 on the day.

By successfully completing their challenge, they have raised approximately £4,500 to date.

Anna said: “What made our wedding complete is knowing that others may benefit from our happiness by us raising money for charity.

“We have both chosen a charity in memory of a parent who is, sadly, not with us now, who we both would have dearly loved to have been with us on our special day.”

● To find out more about the couple’s challenge, visit their Just Giving pages at www.justgiving.com/anna-Reffell2, or www.justgiving.com/anna-Reffell3

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