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A big hearted Bottesford octogenarian celebrated his 80th birthday in style by cycling for 80 minutes followed by running for 80 minutes, to raise funds for Lindsey Lodge Hospice and Healthcare.

Former John Leggott College Lecturer Jeff Harris (80) has been volunteering at Lindsey Lodge on Burringham Road since it was built 30 years ago and has been one of its biggest supporters ever since, raising over £4,500 to date in memory of his son Paul.

“I’ve been fundraising for Lindsey Lodge for many years now, over the years I’ve completed 26 marathons, a 50 mile run for my 50th birthday, a 60k for my 60th and in 2012 for my 70th birthday I ran, swam and cycled the distance of the Olympic triathlon.”

He added: “Thank you to Elite Fitness who allowed me to use their gym equipment for my challenge.

“It was fantastic to complete another challenge for my 80th birthday and I’m delighted to have raised so much for Lindsey Lodge over the years.”

The 30-year old charity provides free of charge specialist care for patients with life limiting illnesses from North Lincolnshire, including symptom management, emotional support and end of life care.

Lindsey Lodge Support Services Manager Kay Fowler said: “We’re so grateful to Jeff for choosing to celebrate his birthday with this incredible challenge, we’re very proud and grateful to him for all that he does for us.

“He’s one of our longest serving volunteers and is always there to welcome visitors to Lindsey Lodge on a Monday.

“On behalf of everyone at Lindsey Lodge, I’d like to say a massive thank you and well done to Jeff for not just his latest incredible achievement, but all of his support over the years.”

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