Lindsay Moverley’s brave battle against a terminal disease inspired his best pal to pedal over 300 miles from London to Paris in just four days.
Former art teacher Lindsay Moverley sadly died in February at the age of 63, but the way he fought his leukaemia served as an example to friend and neighbour Mark Ord.
After completing his cycle challenge last month Mark (46) helped raise £4800 for Leukaemia Care in Lindsay’s name.
He said: “Lindsay fought against the cancer and was a real inspiration. It was appropriate to do something around cycling because he loved it so much – we were both big fans of the Tour de France.
“I’ve always enjoyed cycling, but I never had a real purpose for doing it until this year. Between my work colleague Marieanne Winstanley and myself we raised over £6000 for Leukaemia Care.
“I knewn Lindsay for 20 years - he was a popular man with a fantastic outlook on life and great energy.”
Lindsay’s widow, Sandra Moverley, said: “Lindsay had just died when Mark said he was going to do this bike ride in his memory. I was humbled that he thought to do something like that for Lindsay.
“Lindsay was very courageous and was always positive and optimistic.”
Sandra and Lindsay were married for 43 years, and had two daughters, Zoe and Emma, and three grandchildren – Ollie (4), Poppy (2) and six-month-old Frankie.
He taught art at Camelon and Graeme High Schools and an exhibition of his work will take place at the Harbour Gallery, Port Seton, from November 5 to 19, with any money raised from sales of paintings going to leukaemia research.
One of the colourful creations was used by Mark as the design for his ‘Team Lindsay’ cycling shirts.
“Lindsay was someone you could have a laugh with,” said Mark. “But he was also someone you could talk to about things that were bothering you. He was wise – a great mate and a really good guy.”
Mark is not the only person who has used Lindsay’s memory as inspiration for fundraising endeavours – another friend, Pat White, marked her 64th birthday by walking 64 miles in a week and veteran rock ’n’ roll musicians, under the name Young Once, raised more cash for leukaemia research through a live concert.
Another pal is planning to run the Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham in Lindsay’s name and someone else will soon be scaling the awesome heights of Machu Picchu in Peru.
Sandra said: “It’s quite overwhelming when you see the things Mark and all these other people have done because of Lindsay. He was such a great guy – and it’s not just because he was my guy that I’m saying that.
“I haven’t asked anyone to do these things they are doing, they have done it themselves for him.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/Mark-Ord if you want to donate to the cause.