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Avril Marsh

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Miles turned to smiles when the Wise-Evans clan arrived in Trearddur Bay after cycling from Marple Bridge over the midsummer weekend in June. Their Miles for Margo journey was in memory of Margaret  - Margo - Wise who died, aged 58, in February 2015; their mission was to raise funds for the Christie, to say thank you for taking such good care of Margo during her illness.  

Miles for Smiles

Margo’s daughters, Polly and Megan, and her sister, their Aunt Libby, suggested the adventure at their big Christmas get-together in Wales, and all the cousins, aunts and uncles jumped at the idea. “We wanted to do something for mum, “says Megan “a challenge we could all tackle, easier than a run, harder than a walk. Cycling is achievable, and we gave ourselves six months to train for it.  Uncle Richard is a keen mountain biker, but my boyfriend, Rob Giles, is the only experienced road bike rider. The rest of us were complete novices, so Rob became our coach and go-to expert on everything we’d need, especially padded shorts.”  The girls’ dad, Paul Wise, who now lives in Audlem, headed the non-pedalling ‘technical’ team as treasurer, publicity and Christie liaison while the other relatives handled logistics and kept the support vehicle well stocked with snacks and cycle spares along the way.  

Miles for Smiles

The 140-mile route linked Marple Bridge - home to Paul and Margo Wise for 20 years as their daughters grew up - with the Trearddur Bay setting of so many summer holidays.  The enthusiastic peleton of ten tackled their first hill, Brabyns Brow, in the early morning haze of June 24 and nearly 90 miles later reached Abergele, their overnight stop. Completing the ride next day, they celebrated with a dip in the icy sea and Paul opened a bottle or two of similarly-chilled fizz.  Proud and impressed, he said the ride was a “unique way for the family to honor a loving, witty and strong lady, a mother, wife, sister, auntie and friend to many.”   Margo would have been thrilled with her family’s achievement, especially because it was done to help others.  Just Giving’s Miles for Margo page has raised £16,000, including gift aid. That is more than double their target, reflecting how fondly, particularly in Marple Bridge and Mellor, Margo is remembered.  

You can donate at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/milesformargo