Cyclists to take on 111-mile ride to raise funds for trust in memory of Melton dad-of-two and ex Leicestershire Police officer Stewart Sparling

Stewart Sparling testing out the life-changing specialised wheelchair he got in 2013 PHOTO: Tim Williams EMN-150625-144841001
Stewart Sparling testing out the life-changing specialised wheelchair he got in 2013 PHOTO: Tim Williams EMN-150625-144841001

Cyclists are taking on a gruelling 111-mile ride in memory of former Leicestershire Police officer sergeant Stewart Sparling, of Melton, to raise funds for a cause close to his heart.

Stewart (44), who suffered from motor neurone disease (MND), died on Saturday (June 20) after losing his brave battle with the condition.

Stewart set up The Treble One Trust - named after his collar number - earlier this year to raise money for specialist equipment for sufferers of the latter stages of the disease.

An officer since 1994, Stewart was a popular character in the areas of Melton, Rutland, Hamilton and Belgrave where he policed for many years.

The trust is organising the 111-mile charity cycle ride through the lanes and countryside of Leicestershire and Rutland on Sunday, July 19 - and organisers are encouraging experienced cyclists to join in.

The route will start and finish at Melton Country Park, taking in the sites of Oakham, Uppingham, Market Harborough, Lutterworth and Loughborough along the way.

The ride is for experienced cyclists only as there will be no route signs or marshals.

Anyone interested in finding out more, getting involved and helping the trust to raise money can contact Geoff Allard at geoffallard@hotmail.com

You can follow and like The Treble One Trust on Twitter and Facebook.

To make a donation to the trust email thetrebleonetrust@hotmail.com