Families take on charity cycles for lost loved ones
The memory of lost loved ones was at the heart of two emotional cycle rides, raising funds for worthwhile causes.
Deeping St James dad Ian Locke and nine friends completed a 630-mile bike ride from Land’s End to Marshall Meadows, the most northerly point in England, raising more than £10,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity.
Ian’s daughter Holly tragically died last November of an aggressive brain tumour. She was just 22.
Ian said: “Holly never once complained or said ‘why me?’. She took her diagnosis and treatment with both hands and fought to the end.
“I needed to do this for Holly. The challenge was for her and I was determined to complete it.”
Ian and the group set off on September 5, finishing on September 12.
Ian said: “The first two days leaving Land’s End up to Taunton were tough. Going over the River Severn and into Wales was a great experience, which I will not forget; as was every day after that.
“The final day (Saturday) was hard going as it rained all day long, but the thought of finishing the 630-mile bike ride was at the forefront of my mind, and knowing I had done it for Holly made it all the more special.”
Since Holly’s death the Locke family has set up a supporter group in Holly’s name to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity. The £10,000 they have raised so far for The Holly Locke Fund will go towards much-needed research.
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As Ian’s cycle ride was coming to an end, Stuart Morgan and his daughters Sarah and Claire were getting on their bikes for a slightly less challenging ride - but for a cause just as close to home.
The family cycled 56 miles from Lincoln to their home village of Uffington in memory of wife and mother Angela.
Angela died in July, aged 65, following a two-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Angie, as she was known, was employed as legal executive at Chattertons Solicitors and was a well-known face in Stamford.
The family were raising funds for The Eve Appeal, the only national UK charity researching all give gynaecological cancers, and Marie Curie Cancer Care, which provided care in Angie’s final days.
The family hopes to pass the £5,000 mark, which will be split between the two charities, which has been raised thanks to the generosity of everyone who knew Angie.
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