March cyclist raises £4,000 for cancer

PUBLISHED: 17:22 15 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:23 15 June 2010

John O'Groats to Land's End.  photo of myself, Simon Bevis and my friend Stuart and our wives, Sarah and Maria (who acted as our faithful support team, masseuses, accommodation bookers and shoulders to cry on) at the finish.

John O'Groats to Land's End. photo of myself, Simon Bevis and my friend Stuart and our wives, Sarah and Maria (who acted as our faithful support team, masseuses, accommodation bookers and shoulders to cry on) at the finish.

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A CYCLIST went the extra mile to raise £4,000 for cancer sufferers.

March-born Simon Bevis embarked on an epic 900 mile journey between John O’Groats and Lands End after a much-loved colleague died at a hospice last year.

Determined to pay back the carers who looked after his friend, Mr Bevis pumped up a group of loyal supporters to sponsor him for the trek.

The former Burrowmoor, Hereward and Neale-Wade pupil doubled his fundraising target, which will help to pay for more respite care in the future.

Mr Bevis, who racked up the miles over seven-and-a-half days of furious pedalling, said: “It was a fantastic experience.

“We received several generous donations from Cambs Times readers for which we and the hospice are very grateful.”

He said the ride in memory of ex-colleague Helen Setchell was a “great cause” and said: “A lot of money goes towards palliative care but the sad truth is there is not always enough funding.

“This is a really good charity which helps to keep families happy and motivated during a difficult time.”

The managing director of a biotech company completed the ride between May 29 and June 5 with his friend Stuart Gough. Their wives Sarah and Maria acted as a support team.

To make a last minute donation, visit the website www.justgiving.com/jogle895.

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