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Haverhill businesses show their support for cyclist's long-distance ride in memory of 20-year-old




An opticians in Haverhill is being supported by a business in the town in its quest to raise money for a charity that supported a 20-year-old who passed away last November.

Observatory Opticians, in Camps Road, has multiple bikes and turbo trainers set up in the shop thanks to the help of Aerocycles owner Steve Foster and wants people to put in some miles in the course of July to raise money for St Helena.

The charity, which helps people face incurable illness, supported lifelong Sheffield Wednesday fan Keira Dixon, from Sible Hedingham, who passed away in November last year.

Tim Nash, Mandi and Tim Dixon (Keira’s parents)Observatory staff standing behind: Lucy Dye and Rachel Ramm. Contributed picture (13576188)
Tim Nash, Mandi and Tim Dixon (Keira’s parents)Observatory staff standing behind: Lucy Dye and Rachel Ramm. Contributed picture (13576188)

In 2014, when she was just 16, a tumour was discovered on Keira’s brain following a regular eye examination at Wardale Williams Opticians in Halstead.

Observatory Opticians wants folks to pedal 190 miles in the shop in July, which will equal the distance being covered by Keira’s friend Tim Nash when he cycles from Hillsborough, the home of Sheffield Wednesday, to Castle Hedingham.

Tim, who used to teach at Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill in the 1980s, knew Keira through their local pub in Castle Hedingham, the Bell Inn, working together behind the bar at the summer beer festival.

Keira Dixon pictured in 2018. Contributed picture
Keira Dixon pictured in 2018. Contributed picture

When Tim found out what a huge Sheffield Wednesday fan she was, he wanted to purchase a bottle of ‘The Wednesday’ – the Owls’ official beer created in partnership with Thornbridge Brewery – to give to Keira.

Sadly, Keira never got the chance to try ‘The Wednesday’, so Tim is embarking on the 190-mile bike ride to pay tribute to her.

On Saturday, Tim will pick up a bottle of the beer from Hillsborough and cycle to the Bell Inn in time for the start of the festival five days later.

Tim has already met his original fund-raising goal of £3,000 and is now hoping to reach £5,000.

To donate, or for further information about the ride, including the route and how to get involved, see www.justgiving.com/hillsborough-to-hedingham.



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