Care home worker signs up for ‘wild west’ bike challenge

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A care home worker will swap the Wirral for America when she will take part in an organised bike tour to raise money for a UK armed forces charity.

Cath Wagner, 62, a care assistant at The Hazelwell care home, in Oldfield Road, Heswall, and her retired husband Eddie, 60, have volunteered to travel across the pond to support Bike Tour for the Wounded.

The charity supports both serving members and veterans of the armed forces whether they are wounded, injured, sick or suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Bike Tour for the Wounded gives a serviceman, servicewoman or veteran the opportunity to be taken on an amazing tour of the ‘Wild West’ as a pillion passenger.

Cath and Eddie will be taking it in turns on a Harley Davidson motorcycle and will not know who they are taking as a passenger until they meet up with tour organisers. Whoever is not riding the bike will follow in a support car.

Members of the charity find the bike tours challenging mentally and physically and extremely beneficial to their rehabilitation process. Bike Tour for the Wounded has so far taken more than 250 servicemen and women to America on the tour.

Cath said: “My husband is a keen biker and part of the bike club, Vulcan Riders and has been keen to do the bike tour for a few years. We are both very excited about this trip and to be helping such a worthwhile charity.

“We will both be riding the bike at various times throughout the tour and whoever is not riding will be travelling in the support vehicle and offering encouragement to the participants.

“We saw this as an excellent cause and a great opportunity to help someone along their rehabilitation journey, whilst raising funds and awareness for the charity. It will be a special trip for all involved.”

The bike tour will take place on May 20 and lasts for ten days. It starts in Nevada and travels through Arizona, New Mexico and finishes in Colorado.

The Hazelwell care home manager Liza Millington said: “We are so proud of our colleague and friend, Cath and her husband. She is an extremely popular member of our team and is very caring and kind. All our residents at The Hazelwell are very fond of her. This is a great cause and she has our full support.”