Gold medal performance for charity

OLYMPIC EFFORT: New Mills couple Sally and Bob Auld who marked their 40th wedding anniversary by cycling from New Mills to the Olympic Park in aid of Blythe House. Photo contributed.
OLYMPIC EFFORT: New Mills couple Sally and Bob Auld who marked their 40th wedding anniversary by cycling from New Mills to the Olympic Park in aid of Blythe House. Photo contributed.
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New Mills couple Sally and Bob Auld celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in style by cycling from New Mills to the Olympic Park – and raising £1500 for Blythe House.

Their two and a half year old grandson Jim was so impressed with their efforts that he made and presented Sally and Bob with their own extra special gold medals.

Proud granddad Bob told the Advertiser: “Jim got a bit confused: he told his mum he wanted somebody very important to make the presentation, she asked who he had in mind and he replied, ‘Morris, the Bear of London,’ but as Boris was busy elsewhere, he made the award himself in the end.”

The bike ride over nine days was the culmination of six months of events and celebrations.

Sally said: “Bob has Prostate Cancer and has received a huge amount of support from Blythe House’s Living Well scheme.

“It has quite transformed his outlook on coping with his illness and has helped him to be much more positive. We wanted to give something back.”

They held a party for relatives in March, and a Jubilee Garden Fête with a difference in June, to raise the funds. “Our family and friends have been wonderfully supportive and we can’t thank them all enough,” said Sally.

The couple set off on July 27 and travelled in 30 mile stages using bike trails and country roads. The final part of the journey took them to the Olympic Park and took in the GB v Netherlands women’s hockey match on August 6.

Bob said: “There was something very special about travelling in the direction of the Olympic Park while watching the drama unfold nightly on TV.

“We both felt a tremendous sense of achievement.”

The money for Blythe House is still coming in and anyone who wants to make a contribution can do so at justgiving.com/Robert-Auld.