Sight loss won’t hold back Jeff on epic journey

A great-grandfather has set himself a cycling and walking challenge in aid of charity.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 4:12 pm

Jeff Crozier, 83, is registered as partially sighted and has had four knee replacements – but he’s not letting that stop him from taking on a 1,200 km challenge, the equivalent of travelling

from Lands’ End to John O’Groats.

Jeff, from St Annes was left with severe sight loss after having a series of strokes and mini-strokes five years ago.

Jeff Crozier, 83, challenged himself to walk and cycle the equivalent of travelling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats

He said: “Up to having the strokes, I was quite fit. I used to go fell walking and cycling.

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“I’ve also had four knee replacements .

“The most recent was a unique procedure and I was told by the surgeon I was the first in Europe to have this operation.”

Jeff, who has three sons, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, is being supported by his wife, Gwen.

He is raising money for WaterAid, and donations have already surpassed £400.

“My hope is to raise money for WaterAid to help provide clean water for under-developed nations,” he added.

“I have been amazed by people’s kindness.

“My wife Gwen comes with me. She is wonderful.”

Jeff, who started his challenge on January 3, keeps a careful log of how many miles he clocks up each day and estimates he’ll finish the challenge in August or September.

He walks with sticks on St Annes promenade and around Ashton Gardens, and also uses a treadmill and exercise bike in his lounge.

He added: “I walk and cycle every day. I’m doing about 6.5km a day on average.”

To donate, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jeffslejog

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