Cycle team’s 1,000-mile trek for tragic Kelsie

Paul Edmondson with daughters Raegan and Sharna at Shuttleworth. Charity cycle ride (s)
Paul Edmondson with daughters Raegan and Sharna at Shuttleworth. Charity cycle ride (s)

A team from Burnley will cycle 1,000 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End in memory of Kelsie Rose Broomfield who died from meningitis.

Burnley-born Kelsie was just four-and-a-half months old when she passed away in 2006 at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the cyclists will raise money for Ronald McDonald House, a place which provides accomodation for parents and carers of critically ill children who are in hospital.

“Kelsie’s mum, Susan - who is the sister of my fiance Mary Woods - still finds it really difficult to visit Kelsie’s grave so we wanted to get her involved with fund-raising to try to help her,” said Phil Edmondson (40).

“Kelsie was born in September and died at the end of January and Susan, who has two other children, still sometimes rings either me or her sister to take flowers to Burnley cemetery with her as she just finds it so hard.”

Phil came up with the idea of the 1,000 mile cycle adventure two years ago, he calls it ‘Jogle 2015’, and has enlisted the help of his dad, John, friends Cheryl Wood, Toby Campbell and Dan Scaife along with friends of friends Gareth Jones and his dad John.

They will start the cycle on August 1st this year and it will take them around 12 days.

“We are all average cyclists, nothing to this capacity, although I have been training for around 18 months,” said Phil. “Our average mileage will be 84 miles a day.

“I have been involved in fundraising for other charities before but I have always wanted to do something like this and it grew and grew.”

Phil, who has set a £10,000 target, has got support from his workplace Rectella International Limited, who are based on Bancroft Road and make barbecues, and also their sister company Flexible Reinforcements.

Three co-workers, Ashley Leech, Laura Ormerod and Managing Director Paul Keighley, will also support the group by joining in for a few days along the way.

“My two daughters Raegan and Sharna Edmondson go to Shuttleworth College and they are going to do a sponsored run while Ightenhill Primary School and Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College have also offered to help,” added Phil. “It will be a test for us but we are all really keen to do something for such a good cause and hopefully it will help Susan as well.”

To sponsor the cyclists go to www.justgiving.com/phil-edmondson.