Peter cycles Mont Ventoux for Bluebell Wood

Peter Maw is set to cycle up one of the most notorious and challenging Tour de France mountains in memory of his much-loved daughter Natalie.

Peter, from Whiston, and his friends, Ken Stainthorpe from Bradway and Hossein Yazdi from Baslow, will be making the 4,500 feet, 13-mile ascent of Mont Ventoux in the south of France to raise money for Bluebell Wood, where Natalie and her family were supported before she passed away in 2012.

Peter, Hoss and Ken, who have previously completed a 700 mile cycling challenge for Bluebell Wood, will be making the intense climb in late July, just a few days after this year’s Tour de France, when Natalie would have turned 18.

Natalie visited Bluebell Wood after treatment for a rare form of liver cancer over two years. She had undergone chemotherapy, a major operation, drug therapy and courses of radiotherapy and often led a full, productive and happy life, but sadly, by early 2012 it became clear that Natalie could no longer carry on at school and would need to be cared for at home.

When they visited Bluebell Wood, parents Peter and Karen realised it was somewhere relaxed and welcoming for Natalie to spend time.

Peter said: “Natalie visited twice a week and loved it. She spent much of her time in the craft room producing a wide range of items. There are no rights and wrongs at Bluebell Wood. Natalie did what she wanted, while we enjoyed the lounge and walks nearby. The staff were wonderful with Natalie and helped us to live with love and laughter, despite her declining health. She took part in wheelchair dancing, had a helicopter ride and met unusual animals.

“When Natalie passed away at Bluebell Wood, she was comfortable in her own bedroom with her own care team. She was surrounded by love and care and looked after superbly.

“We’re expecting the Mont Ventoux climb to be hot and windy but every pedal will be worth it if we can raise more funds for Bluebell Wood.”

Anna Gott, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood: “We’re so impressed with Peter, Hoss and Ken for taking on such an intense adventure and wish them all the luck in the world. We’re here to help families create special memories together and every penny raised helps us to do this.”

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