AFTER 1,400 miles, 21 days and a great deal of blood, sweat and tears, a bike-riding couple have completed their mammoth charity trek.
Richard and Angela Bebbington are now taking a well-deserved rest after heading from Ashby to Rome on their bikes to raise close to £3,000 for the charity Wishes 4 Kids.
The former mayor of Ashby and his wife undertook the challenge to try to help the charity which grants wishes to disabled children.
Mr Bebbington said: “We did it.
“It definitely felt different to any other morning when we finished. We were a little disorganised compared to usual and between us emotions were varied to say the least.
“We found strength from two places on the day.
“One was knowing that whatever elements were thrown at us, we have been through them all before on this journey and survived.
“The second was Wishes 4 Kids and the children who are suffering.
“We know that however tough the day is for us or what surprises are around the corner, at the end of the day we will be fine.
“Many of these children and their families have no end to their pain.
“This has been a huge motivation in getting us to this point.
“When we were at the end, our emotions were a little different to what we expected, however, once we had our picture taken and a moment to ourselves, we looked at each other and said ‘We did it’.”
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Home2Rome2013 or more information is available by visiting www.ivanhoechallenge.co.uk