Cyclists raise £1k for cancer charity

John Jeffery and his fellow cyclists before they set off from Skegness Clock Tower.
John Jeffery and his fellow cyclists before they set off from Skegness Clock Tower.
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A father-of-three from Wainfleet, devastated to learn of his mother’s breast cancer, has raised more than £1,000 to help fight the disease by cycling 110 miles for charity.

John Jeffery, 35, rallied together his friends and family to take part in the bike ride from Skegness to Lincoln and back last Sunday, raising the impressive sum for Cancer Research and Macmillan.

“Although my mum is now recovering from breast cancer it was devastating to find out,” he said. “You never think that anything like that will ever happen to your own family so I thought I would try to turn that negativity into something positive and do something for charity because my mum’s not the only one affected by it.”

Neither John nor his charitable accomplices had a great deal of cycling experience before undertaking the venture but put in regular practice during the weeks leading up.

Setting out on a misty Sunday morning from Skegness Clock Tower, the seven cyclists enjoyed a trouble free journey, aside from a couple of early tumbles and returned home in just seven hours.

“It was fantastic,” said John

“The weather was great, we could not have asked for a better day and the sense of togetherness you get from helping one another out along the route was brilliant.

“It’s a great way to get some exercise, you get a really amazing buss and it’s a really great feeling knowing it’s for a good cause.”

John, who has three young daughters in Wainfleet, has thanked his fellow cyclists for their support and all the people who donated sponsorship towards their total.

He hopes the cycle ride will grow into an annual event involving more fundraisers who have been affected by the disease like his family has.

His mother, Veronica Stonehouse was recently given the all clear, although she has been asked to attend regular hospital check-ups.