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Butcher with Parkinson's Michael Peatchey gearing up for epic charity cycle for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust
A butcher with Parkinson’s will cycle from Lands End to his Grange Park shop in bid to raise £5,000 for charity.
Michael Peatchey, 60, who has owned Fine Foods in The Grangeway since 1984, was diagnosed with the neurological disease two years ago.
The father-of-one, who lives in Enfield Lock with his wife Doreen, is determined to raise awareness of the condition as well as cash for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, a charity dedicated to curing Parkinson’s.
He said: “I am looking forward to the first part of the ride because it is very iconic. All the legends who have broken records have all ridden that first part of the ride.
“That is going to be quite something – to be riding on the roads that people have broken records over the years, it will be very inspirational.”
Mr Peatchey, who has raised more than £3,500 donations to date, will start the three-day cycle on Sunday.
Although he will start the 330-mile mission alone, his son-in-law will join him on the final day to spur him on.
A crowd of 100 friends, family, sponsors and supporters will also gather at his shop at 6.45pm on Tuesday to welcome him back to Enfield.
When speaking about his condition, he said: “It just shows we have got to grab life while you can. Life is for living, it is not a rehearsal.
“Parkinson’s is one of those conditions that is hard for people to understand, but I want to show people that it is something you can live with.”
Mr Peatchey, who is semi-retired, spent 30 years cycling with the Finsbury Park Cycling Club and has always enjoyed the sport. He is sponsored by Le Peloton Cycles in Green Lanes, Winchmore Hill.
Although there is currently no cure for Parkinson's, approximately one person in every 500 has the condition, which amounts to 127,000 people in the UK.
To visit Mr Peatchey's fundraising page, click here.