Brothers saddle up in memory of dad

Andy Morley

Andy Morley

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Two brothers are set to make an emotional journey from the south coast to Fleetwood in memory of their late father.

The cyclists also aim to raise cash for forces charity Help for Heroes on their marathon ride from Birdham, in West Sussex, next month.

Mike Morley

Mike Morley

Fleetwood-born Andy Morley, who now lives in Sussex, will be joined by his brother Mick, who lives in Montrose, Scotland, on the 320-mile epic trek.

“We aim to set off on May 10 and be in Fleetwood four days later,” said Andy.

“The ride is set to coincide with the first anniversary of our father passing away and is very much a personal challenge both physically and emotionally as we come together as a family on the first anniversary of our father’s death.” The event will be an Army versus Navy challenge as Mick served in the Army and Andy was in the Royal Navy.

Both brothers served in the Gulf War.

Andy said: “The challenge came about during a rather drunken conversation on the eve of our father’s funeral.

“Having accepted the challenge we decided that we should take the opportunity to raise some money for charity, being both ex- military the obvious choice for us was Help for Heroes as they do so much wonderful work helping to support wounded service personnel and their families.”

Their father, Liverpool-born William, known as Bill, moved to Fleetwood as a young boy. At the time Fleetwood was an up-and-coming fishing port and his family, all being trawler men, followed the trawlers from Liverpool to Fleetwood.

He lived the rest of his life in Fleetwood, before dying at the age of 84 last May.

Bill was a steel fixer by trade – constructing the steel internal frames in reinforced concrete – and worked for a number of building firms in Lancashire and further afield.

He married Margaret in 1965 and they shared a happy marriage together.

Bill died just nine months short of their golden wedding 
anniversary.

He had three sons, Andy, Pete and Mike. All three served in the Armed Forces, with Pete also serving in the Army.

Andy said: “Although my dad never served in the military himself he was passionate about all things military and was an active member of the Royal Navy Association for many years.”

Andy, 48, who works as a fraud manager in the NHS, was the commanding officer of Blackpool Sea Cadets for 10 years before moving to the south coast.

Both Andy and offshore oil worker Mick, 43, attended Larkholme High School in Fleetwood, before joining the forces.

Andy said: “We have set ourselves a target to raise £500 and so far we have raised £190.

“We will be totally unsupported during the trip and we are funding the event out of our own pockets.

“We have been lucky enough to secure some commercial sponsorship from Hargroves Cycles and return rail tickets provided by Virgin Trains and Southern Rail.

“We hope that people will show their support by making a donation to our chosen charity, Help for Heroes.”

To make a donation to their cause, visit the pair’s Be My Charity webpage at http://www.bmycharity.com/AndrewMorley1