Boston man with complete vision loss calls on tandem bike training partner ahead of charity cycling challenge

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Roger Fixter, of Boston, who has complete vision loss and is asking for help training for Butterfly Hospices’ 2022 Big Bike Ride; pictured here with granddaughter Ruby.

Roger Fixter, 76, signed up for The Butterfly Hospice’s 2022 Big Bike Ride.

The annual fundraiser for the Boston-based care facility is due to take place on Sunday, September 25.

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It’s an event Roger is more than familiar with through his involvement with Pilgrim Hospital Radio.

“Pilgrim Hospital Radio continues to proudly support this event, and others hosted by The Butterfly Hospice, by providing the public address system and commentary at the start and finish, which is based at the Boston Town Football Club grounds on Tattershall Road”, he mentioned.

“My normal role at this event is that of a traveling reporter who walks around the field and interviews the runners when they have finished, as well as talking to the important ladies of the hospice who run the tea, coffee and cakes. This year I won’t do that as I plan to do the bike ride itself.

Roger, who is president of Pilgrim Hospital Radio, plans to undertake the Family Bike Ride – a nine-mile distance to and from the Langrick Bridge. However, as he explains, some training will be required.

“As I am totally blind, my best mate Mick Dakin and I acquired a tandem to undertake this ride,” he said. “While Mick is fit, I’m definitely not. So I need people to help me get fit by getting on the front of the tandem and taking me out to develop my fitness.

Roger has two tandems – one with 26-inch wheels and one with 22-inch wheels, which means people of different sizes will be able to support him, he says.

Anyone wishing to help is asked to call 01205 359032 or 07969 203030.

“I’d love to hear from anyone,” he said.

In addition to the Family Bike Ride, the Big Bike Ride offers 33-mile (Lincoln to Boston after being driven to the starting point by coach) and 66-mile (Boston to Lincoln and back) rides.

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