Local man Derek Wilson, of Sutton Coldfield, will be undertaking a mammoth 1,100 mile cycling challenge in May 2012 in order to raise funds for the Cancer Support Centre.
Derek will be setting off from Lands End, Cornwall on May 5th and will then cycle an average of 74 miles a day aiming to reach John O’Groats, Scotland 15 days later.
Derek said. “This is the ultimate bike challenge for any cyclist in Britain and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. However there is another reason for me doing this. In August 2009, my wife Sue was diagnosed with bowl cancer, it has been a long and hard battle and it’s not quite over yet. “
“Along the way Sue and I have had great support from family and friends but sometimes you need outside support. This came from customers of my business and the Cancer Support Centre in Lindridge Road, Sutton Coldfield. The therapists, staff and volunteers were a tremendous source of help, support and advice at a very difficult time. So to give something back I want to raise £1,100 which is £1 for every mile I will be travelling.”
Ann Mckeown, Fundraiser of The Cancer Support Centre, Sutton Coldfield said: “Derek is undertaking an amazing challenge and we really are grateful for all that he is doing for us. I can’t imagine cycling just 74 miles in one day let alone doing the same distance every day for 15 days.”
“The money that Derek is hoping to raise for us will make a huge difference to the Centre. We are completely independent and receive no government funding and rely entirely on the goodwill and support of local people like Derek.”
The Cancer Support Centre has a whole host of activities and events that people can join in with and is in particular looking for runners for the Great Midlands Fun Run to support the Centre. For more information about how you can help The Cancer Support Centre and local people living with cancer call Ann Mckeown on 0121 378 6296 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of the latest activities.