The Wisbech and District Historic Vehicle Club has handed over £300 to top up the fundraising efforts of one of its founding members.

Colin Bedford, 87, of March, suffered a detached retina while playing Badminton 11 years ago, and since then has had to have regular eye injections at the Hinchingbrooke Hospital eye clinic in order to maintain his sight.

He has now clocked up his 100th injection, and wanted to give something back to the hospital to thank them.

Colin has a collection of old bicycles, so starting in January this year he set out to ride 100 miles on some of his oldest machines in order to raise funds. 

He had raised £3,700 of his £4,000 target, and the Wisbech and District Historic Vehicle Club has voted to donate the remaining £300 to take him over the line.

Colin has been a member of the club since its inception in 1989, and has been a regular supporter of its events and road runs.

The presentation of the cheque was made at his home in March by the president of the club, Fred Clarke (81), also a founder member, with the club’s chair, Sara Fleming, in attendance.

Also present was Brain Cundy (75) of Wisbech who is also a cycle enthusiast and who accompanied Colin on a number of his rides, describing him as a true inspiration, and Rex Meaden who is the editor of the club’s magazine, Tappet Chatter.

The Wisbech and District Historic Vehicle Club, which has more than 100 members, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year, and is pleased to have donated more than ten thousand pounds to local charities over that time.

Further information about the club’s activities can be found on its Facebook page, and enquiries for membership can be made to: