AN avid fundraiser who has put his best foot forward to cycle 980 miles for Barnsley Hospice is determined that arthritis won’t slow him down.

Allan Kenealy, from Cudworth, has taken on the challenge of cycling the equivalent distance of Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The 68-year-old has been a regular fundraiser for the hospice, along with his wife, and didn’t want the national lockdown to spoil his plans.

He told the Chronicle: “I’ve always supported the hospice and have travelled across the country with their fundraising events.

“I was walking around town and noticed that the Barnsley Hospice charity shops had closed for loss of sales during the outbreak.

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“This inspired me to help them out and raise as much money as possible for the fantastic team.

“I have to use an exercise bike daily because of my arthritis so thought I could challenge myself to cycle the equivalent length of Land’s End to John O’Groats.”

Allan’s fundraiser is already underway and is determined to keep up the good pace.

“I started the challenge last week and have already completed more than 250 miles in the first week.

“It’s been tough already, as I have to take it steady because of my condition. But I think little but often is a good approach.

“This is also perfect during the lockdown because I can complete it at home whilst staying safe.

“I’m thrilled that I can do my small bit to help Barnsley Hospice during this difficult time.

“It’ll be challenging at times, but every mile is a mile closer to our goal. People’s generous donations have really spurred me on.”