Grandfather goes the extra mile for Queen

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A granddad has pedalled his way into a Pontefract Care Home as part of a 1,400 mile cycle to collect birthday messages for the Queen.

Terry Keen, 69, from Surrey, visited Anchor’s St Clements Court, where he was cheered on by residents and staff.

He is aiming to collect around 3,000 signatures from residents at 90 Anchor properties on a specially-designed 90th birthday card, which he will hand into Buckingham palace in May.

Mr Keen, who started cycling across the country on March 14, is also raising funds for Grandparents Plus.

He said: “It has been very tiring cycling all this way and I have many more miles to go but knowing it’s for a good cause and the cheers I’ve received at different Anchor care homes and retirement properties has really spurred me on. I really admire the Queen for all her hard work and for being such a wonderful ambassador for the country. I wanted to give something special to her on her 90th birthday so thought why not a birthday card signed by older people from across the country. The Queen and I are both grandparents so it seemed relevant to raise money for Grandparents Plus which is such a worthwhile charity.”