Cyclists scale Mount Ventoux three times to raise cash

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A Brechin man has scaled Mount Ventoux in France three times to raise money for a transplant charity in memory of his cousin.

Peter Forbes scaled Mount Ventoux, one of the most iconic Tour de France stages, alongside his friend Chris Kennedy in aid of the Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association in Newcastle.

Peter’s cousin, Shaun Falconer, had cystic fibrosis and underwent a double lung transplant last year at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. However, he sadly passed away on May 18 this year at just 30-years-old.

Peter and Chris, who undertook the cycle on August 30, had to finish the ride within 12 hours, and with just over 6,000 people having completed it, it was no easy feat.

The cycle was documented by the Club Des Cingles du Mont-Ventoux, an informal club made up of cyclists who cycled up and down the mountain on the three main roads up from Bédoin, Malaucène, and Sault in one day.

Peter said: “It was a gruelling challenge. The total altitude climbed was 17,748 feet.”

Speaking about the charity they are raising funds for, Peter said: “This charity supports the dedicated team of nurses, doctors, surgeons and consultants who do their incredible work.

“This work is not only medically highly skilled but the team also make sure that all patients in their care, including their families are treated with exceptional care, compassion and dignity. The FHLTA funds the extras that enable them to provide this care to such an amazingly high level.”

So far, Peter has managed to raise an incredible £2,530. He said: “I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who sponsored so far!

“To my brother-in-law Barry Meldrum, who came along with us as a support driver and was an integral part of the day, a big thank you to him.”

If you would like to donate to Peter’s cause, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ventoux