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.


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“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.

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