By Tristan Harris Thursday 22 August 2013 Updated: 22/08 16:46
A BROMSGROVE woman will be cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in memory of her son Matthew who lost his battle with meningitis at just 18 months old.
Bernie Mackie will undertake her gruelling 874-mile ride to raise funds for The Meningitis Trust.
Bernie, who is 47 and has three children, begins her cycle on Tuesday (August 27) and is hoping to complete it by September 7.
She has already completed the 100-mile Ride London for the cause as part of her fund-raising campaign which coincides with the tenth anniversary of Matthew’s death - that was on August 18 in 2003.
Bernie, who is a solicitor, lives in Aston Fields and has three other children - Patrick, 13, Dominic, who was ten yesterday (Thursday) , and Gregory, eight.
She began cycling again in 2006 after a long break and undertook the London to Paris ride for The Meningitis Trust in 2007 in Matthew’s memory.
But, she said, this ride would be far longer and tougher than anything else she has done.
“My family and friends think I’m crazy, but they are all very supportive.
“When I was younger, this was something I always wanted to do and the tenth anniversary of Matthew’s death has inspired me to finally undertake the challenge,” she added.
Bernie is hoping to raise £5,000 for The Meningitis Trust and, as The Standard went to press, she had raised around £3,300.
Anyone wanting to sponsor Bernie can log onto ww.justgiving.com/Bernadette-Mackie
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