Bike ride raises $3725 for spinal trust

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Cheryl Robertson, of Lawrence, is still “buzzing” after completing her 44km cycle ride from Millers Flat to Lawrence on Saturday to raise money for the New Zealand Spinal Trust.

Her original goal was to raise $1500 but by the end of the ride, she had raised $3725 through donations and sponsorship.

Ms Robertson broke her back in a car accident in 2006 and the New Zealand Spinal Trust has been providing help and support since then.

Since the accident she has had to use crutches to get around, and the sponsored cycle trek was a way of paying the trust back for its help.

She and about 20 cyclists and supporters, including family and Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan, left Millers Flat at 8.30am and cycled along the Clutha Gold Trail, arriving in Lawrence about eight hours later.

“I expected it to take nine or 10 hours,” Ms Robertson said.

“It was a fun day and we had three punctures, and my bike broke too.”

She said a gear cog at the back of her bike broke, but temporary repairs meant she made it to Lawrence.

Her grandfather Ernie McCraw walked to Beaumont with her, and then drove to Lawrence.

“I am very proud of him,” she said.

Beaumont Pub owner Alison Mills gave the group lunch.

NZ First MP Mark Patterson and Ms Robertson’s father, Dave Robertson, joined them at Beaumont and rode with them to Lawrence.

The group passed the site where she had her accident but she chose to keep going, rather than stop.

They arrived at Lawrence to a barbecue and a warm welcome from supporters.

She said she wanted to catch up on sleep, although she intended to spend time at the pool, as she had lots of sore muscles.

Once she recovers from the trek she intends to continue working on her walking and fitness.

“I appreciate all the help and want to give a huge thank you for everyone who sponsored me or donated and gave me support and kept me going,” she said.

“I still feel buzzy and proud of myself, and really pleased with how it went.

“I am really rapt with how it went.”

Her phone has been ringing non-stop with people congratulating her.