A charity cyclist has thanked the people of Ripon for making him so welcome as he visited the town on his 1,400-mile tour of England on Saturday (19 March).


Terry Keen, 69, from Surrey, who is cycling across the country with a birthday card for the Queen, visited two Anchor properties in Ripon where he was welcomed by residents, staff, Ripon’s Mayor and Ripon’s Hornblower.


He first popped into Borrage House in Borrage Lane where residents threw an afternoon party and quiz event for him. He then visited The Meads in South Crescent where he was greeted by Ripon’s Mayor, Ripon’s Hornblower and tenant Betty Walters who has lived at the Anchor property the longest.


Grandfather Terry, who is raising money for charity Grandparents Plus, said he was touched by the wonderful welcome he had received in Ripon.


He said: “I had cycled from Stockon-on-Tees to Ripon on Saturday and was quite tired so the welcome I received was such a boost.


“I’ve been cycling for a week and Ripon was the first place where I was met by a hornblower. It was amazing. I’d like to thank the people of Ripon, particularly Madam Mayor, for giving me such a wonderful welcome.”


While at Borrage House, Terry met many of the residents during their quiz event and they signed the birthday card for the Queen which Terry will present to Buckingham Palace after he finishes in tour in May.


Terry then cycled to The Meads where Betty Walters presented him with £190 which the tenants had raised for Grandparents Plus.


The charity has revealed there are 260 children in Harrogate area being raised by grandparents and other family members because their parents are unable to do so, often as a result of difficult family circumstances.


Terry is visiting 90 properties run by Anchor whose Patron is the Queen’s Cousin, Princess Alexandra. He is next travelling to York before making his way to Selby, Birmingham, London and reaching Helston in Cornwall on 9 May.


Anyone wanting to donate to Grandparents Plus or find out about Tour de Terry can go to www.anchor.org.uk/Terry or follow him on Twitter with the hashtag: #TourDeTerry.


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