Matlock cyclist’s solo ride across Australia aids bereavement charity

Henry Broatch in Australia.
Henry Broatch in Australia.

A Matlock man cycled more than 2,000 miles across Australia on his own to raise money for a charity back home.

Henry Broatch’s epic ride from the west coast of Austrlia to Adelaide has run up £1,600 for Cruse Bereavement Care.

His challenging ride took him across Nullarbor’s arid landscape with water only available every 200km if he was lucky.

He camped out under the stars each night before jumping back on his bike to complete his six-week journey.

Henry said “I wanted to raise funds for Cruse Bereavement Care as after a bereavement many of us need some help to cope with grief. Cruse is there to offer free emotional and practical support at what can be a very difficult time.”

Margaret Hilburn, who chairs Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Cruse, said: “This amazing effort from Henry under difficult conditions and with no back up team was monumental. Henry’s magnificent cheque is especially welcome at a time when we are recruiting volunteers including those to work with bereaved children at a vulnerable time in their lives.”