Cycling challenge for Mike

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A Matlock businessman will be cycling the equivalent height of Everest in a bid to raise awareness of Darley Birth Centre.

Mike Blair who owns Peli Deli, in Crown Square, will tour Derbyshire taking in as many assents as possible to make up the total.

In seven days he plans to ride 350 miles and go up 2,9029 feet.

Mike’s second daughter Maisie was born at Darley Birth Centre earlier this year so it is a place close to his heart.

With the centre subject to a review of maternity services Mike is keen to support Matlock Hospitals League of Friends campaign to save it.

Mike said “Darley is a first class facility, relaxed and friendly and most importantly local. The loss of this birth centre would mean a loss of a vital service in the local area. I hope that my ride will remind everyone to respond to the consultation before it’s too late.”

A League spokesperson added: “Mike’s ride is a great way of publicising that the consultation is still on.

“We have delivered questionnaires around the area and we are urging everyone to respond, whether they have used Darley or not, before October 23.”

He will set off on Monday, October 3 and is hoping supporters will follow him on www.facebook.com/welovedarleybirthcentre or www.facebook.com/pelideli