Grandmother and dog visit Hastings on 5000-mile fundraising ride

Maggie Scorer, Pat Thomas and Oscar the golden retriever at the Stade on Saturday.
Maggie Scorer, Pat Thomas and Oscar the golden retriever at the Stade on Saturday.

A grandmother and her golden retriever passed through Hastings during their 5,000-mile fundraising bike ride around the coast on Saturday (August 22).

Maggie Scorer and Oscar have been cycling around the UK since March raising money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Sands, a still-born and neonatal charity.

The pair have been cycling unaccompanied with Oscar in a specially-made buggy on the back of Maggie’s bike and stopped at the Stade for people to meet them.

The grandmother of eight said she has had an amazing time but its looking forward to putting her feet up.

“Quite weary now but two more weeks to go and I’ll be quite pleased to get home,” she said,

“It’s just been me and Oscar and he’s doing well, in good form and is looking forward to a swim later on but he’s been absolutely fantastic.

“He doesn’t seem to worry about a new house, a new bed, new people every night and he takes it all in his stride.”

The dynamic duo’s journey began in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, and travelled along the coast anti-clockwise around Scotland, Wales and Cornwall.

They will now continue east around Kent and back to Suffolk having raised more than £15,000 so far.

Maggie said the pair have been getting plenty of interest since reaching the south coast and explained why she chose the charities she’s supporting.

“My son-in-law has a form of blood cancer and I’ve had a still-born baby,” she said.

“I think research is the way forward and the more one can raise for awareness and to help research hopefully these things won’t be quite so prevalent.”

Pat Thomas is part of an online dog club, Dog Friendly, which has been organising Maggie’s accommodation and offered to have her when she reached Hastings.
Pat said she was more than willing to put her and Oscar up for the night but it was a bit frantic as Maggie arrived two weeks earlier than expected.

An East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service crew came to support Maggie at the Stade as crew manager Alan Birtwistle has been following her journey online.

“It just so happened that we were on duty when she arrived in Hastings,” he said.

“We thought it would be a good idea to come down here to help Maggie’s publicity and promote the fire service’s cycle safety message.”

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