Great-grandfather Fred Uttley cycled more than 1,200 miles round England and Wales to raise funds for farmers in Bangladesh, and ask others to campaign against world hunger.
Fred, from Padiham in Lancashire, cycled around the 22 Catholic dioceses in just under three weeks on a challenge dubbed ‘Tour de Fred’. Although claiming to have not ridden a bike for many years, Fred arrived in Cardiff after having cycled the Taff Trail, in a very upbeat and optimistic mood about the rest of his journey.
Fred was also joined on the challenge by paralympian Mark Brown, an experienced cyclist who won a silver medal at Sydney in 2000. Mark, a former soldier who lost his left arm in an accident, gave logistical support and daily encouragement to Fred on his arduous challenge.
Fred also had a chance to visit St Patrick’s Primary School in Grangetown, Cardiff where he spoke about why is doing the cycling challenge and a little bit about the Hungry for Change campaign.
There was also a ‘handover’ event held at Chepstow with supporters from CAFOD Clifton as Fred left Wales and continued his journey into England.
“Fred is an inspiration to us all” said Kieran O’Brien, CAFOD Diocesan Manager, “he has put everything into this challenge. He is not an experienced cyclist or athlete, he is just one of our amazing supporters who is extremely passionate about helping people around the world to have a better life.
I certainly wouldn’t be able to do what he was doing; a hard slog over several weeks. It was an honour to have Fred here and I hope that people will be inspired by his story and be willing to sponsor him for his amazing efforts!”
Any money Fred raises will go to a CAFOD project that supports small-scale farmers in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. You can support the Tour de Fred by sponsoring Fred at justgiving.com/tourdefred