Cyclists thought of Leukaemia sufferer to get through marathon bike ride

CYCLISTS thought of the struggle of a Wisbech student who lost his battle with leukaemia to get through a marathon bike ride which raised �3,500.

Family members joined pupils, teachers and the headteacher of Wisbech Grammar School on the ride to raise money for the Comfort Ward that cared for 16-year-old Jack Thulborn, who died last November.

His mum Trudy Hill was one of the 29 cyclists who took part in the 53-mile journey from the school to Addenbrookes Hospital. They rode along country roads before joining Lode Way, a route that runs between Ely and Cambridge.

Jan Wildman, who organized the event, said: “The idea was that the struggle of the cyclists would acknowledge Jack’s greater struggle.

“It was a fantastic day involving many members of staff in the back-up team and at the refreshment stops. There was a lovely family atmosphere throughout the ride and I was very proud that all of the children rose to the challenge and made it to Addenbrooke’s.

“One of the pupils told me that when the going got tough he thought of Jack.”

The Wisbech school has raised a total of �10,000 for the Comfort Ward and the Teenage Cancer Trust so far this year, with four students raising more than �2,000 in a ‘Tough Guy’ competition. Another, Madeleine Boulton, asked for donations instead of presents for her 17th birthday.