Charity cyclist welcomed in Worthing

Terry Keen with his sons, resident May Seaman, estate manager Nicola Davie, deputy mayor SeanMcDonald and town crier Bob Smytherman
Terry Keen with his sons, resident May Seaman, estate manager Nicola Davie, deputy mayor SeanMcDonald and town crier Bob Smytherman

A 70-year-old cyclist touring England visited a retirement property in Worthing on Saturday to collect signatures for a 90th birthday card for the Queen.

Terry Keen, from Surrey, stopped off at Gainsborough Lodge, in South Farm Road, where he was greeted by Worthing deputy mayor Sean McDonald and town crier Bob Smytherman.

Cakes made by Betty Richardson, made into a Union Flag design

Cakes made by Betty Richardson, made into a Union Flag design

Residents lined the entrance to welcome Terry as he completed the latest leg of his 1,400-mile journey across England.

Terry is raising money for Grandparents Plus by stopping off at 90 Anchor properties in England to collect signatures from older people and local communities for a birthday card for the Queen. His two sons joined him for the cycle ride from Brighton.

Resident Betty Richardson baked small cakes and decorated them to create a Union Flag design.

Terry, who marked his own birthday last Wednesday, said he was keen for older people across the country to feel involved in the national celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

He added: “I really admire the Queen for all her hard work and for being such a wonderful ambassador for the country.

Leading the welcoming party at Gainsborough Lodge was 90-year-old May Seaman, who has lived there for ten years.

She said: “It’s really something that Terry is travelling around the whole of England to bring this birthday card for older people and Anchor staff to sign.

“It means so much to us because we all think very highly of her Majesty.”

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