THERE was no bus for Clare Watts when she completed her sponsored bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Used to cycling to work from Alton to Brush-Baby in Alresford, Clare put in the practice miles ahead of her mammoth cycling challenge, which was a total of 1,001 miles, including a detour of two miles.

She managed to raise nearly £1,000 for Bliss, her chosen charity. Her employer Brush-Baby donated a percentage of its sales during the fundraising period.

The work that Bliss completes with premature and sick babies is a cause close to Clare’s heart.

Both of her sons were premature and born in Australia where she and her husband Paul were working, far away from the support of their family and friendship circle.

Clare has never forgotten the professionalism and kindness shown to her when she needed it most, and is happy to ‘pay it forward’ to other families, who may need to avail of Bliss’ services in the months ahead.

Similar to her trusty bike, which was the oldest bike on the trip, and the yet the one which lasted the course the best, Clare was back seated at her desk the next day after she finished her venture.

She said: “It was a journey of a lifetime with some breathtaking and breath-making scenery. I have raised some much-needed funds and made memories and friends which will last a lifetime. Brilliant!”

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