Tears as Betsy hangs up her crash helmet

By Jon Moreno

Published on Sunday, August 03, 2014 - 11:00


Tears as Betsy hangs up her crash helmet

Betsy Sellar sets off from Yarmouth on her final quad bike ride.

PENSIONER Betsy Sellar aims to continue raising funds for worthy causes after she rode her beloved quad bike for the last time around the Island in support of a forces’ charity.

The 79 year old biked about 68 miles around the Island in searing heat on Saturday.

Accompanied by sons Trevor Sellar, a Dorset-based major in the Royal Marines, and stock manager David Sellar, of Tetbury, Gloucestershire, Betsy began her ride in Yarmouth and completed her journey in just over five hours.

Betsy, of Newbarn Farm, Calbourne, has raised around £1,200 in aid of the Special Boat Service Association so far and hopes that when the rest of the cash comes in, it will push the total over the £1,500 mark — three times her target figure.

"It was a very hot ride and some of the Island roads were bad, which made my shoulders ache a bit, but I’m really pleased to surpass my fundraising expectations," she said.

"As I’m almost 80, the insurance to ride my quad bike would double, so it was sadly my last quad bike ride. I must admit, I shed a tear when I handed it over to my youngest son, David, to use on his farm. I had some great times on it."

Betsy aims to carry on raising cash for worthy causes — especially forces’ charities.

"I get terribly bored if I don’t do something. Someone offered me a skateboard but I think I’ll give that one a miss," she joked.

The widowed former sheep farmer has two other sons, one of whom was also a Royal Marines commando.

Reporter: jonm@iwcpmail.co.uk


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