Three men set off on cycle ride from Stamford to Cornwall in memory of friend who died of malaria

James Chester, 25, Sam Drake, 27, and Michael Chester, 25, set off on a bike ride from Stamford to Crantock in Cornwall to raise money for the Royal Marines Association and Malaria No More UK
James Chester, 25, Sam Drake, 27, and Michael Chester, 25, set off on a bike ride from Stamford to Crantock in Cornwall to raise money for the Royal Marines Association and Malaria No More UK
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THREE men have set off on a 320 mile bike ride in memory of a friend who died of malaria.

Sam Drake, 27, and brothers Michael and James Chester, 25, began their cycle ride from Stamford to Crantock in Cornwall from the Meadows this morning (Friday).

The men decided to take on the challenge in memory of their friend Lee Dagnan, a former Royal Marine who died of malaria in March while carrying out ship protection work in the Indian Ocean.

The group chose Crantock as Lee’s father’s ashes were scattered there last year. They plan to meet Lee’s family in Crantock on Monday and spread his ashes next to his father’s the following day.

The men are supporting Malaria No More UK and the Royal Marines Association, and have so far raised almost £1,500.

Sam, of Casterton Road, Stamford, said the group had been training hard for the challenge. He added: “We were born ready.”

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