A MAN who escaped to the UK from the Nazis as a child is set to take on an unusual challenge for a charity’s 90th anniversary – cycling 900 miles, aged 91!
Grandfather of six Harry Kessler from Southport is set to take on the quirky fundraiser for the Guide Dogs for the Blind, who are marking their 90th anniversary this year with themed fundraisers to mark their milestone – and he hopes to raise £999!
Father of three Harry, who fled Vienna as a child with his parents Frank and Ann Kessler, before settling in Southport, lives near to Hesketh Park with his wife Mary.
The father of three chose the charity as it is very close to his heart and he has supported their vital work for many years. It appealed to him as he turned 91 in August so he is almost exactly the same age as the charity.
He said: “I have always been very sympathetic of people who have suffered from sight loss and have been a puppy sponsor for the charity for many years.
“Their 90th anniversary is almost the same as my age - I turned 91 in August - so I am going to cycle 90 miles every nine days for 90 days. This means that each batch of 90 miles over nine days is an average of 10 miles a day!
“The Guide Dogs for the Blind have been circulating leaflets to their supporters about the fundraising to celebrate their anniversary and I am keen to raise as much money for them as possible.
“I have volunteered for the Southport Talking Newspaper for many years and enjoy volunteering for them very much.”
He added that many charities will need extra help after the pandemic.
He added: “After the pandemic, I think, as a former refugee, you know how difficult life can be and so I feel very sorry for the Afghan refugees and they need our help and support. It is so important to rally around people and to help.”
He is starting his epic challenge on Monday, September 13, which will run for 90 days. An avid cyclist already, he will be cycling around the town including Banks, Hesketh Bank, the coastal road cycle path, Formby and Halsall. Depending on the weather, some routes will be longer than others.
To add to his donations, check out his page on Just Giving at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Harry-Kessler