Cyclists from Doncaster have raised over £ £2,000 for their local cancer hospital after a member of their group received treatment there.
In May, established cycling group, the Rossington Wheelers, cycled 150 miles from Blackpool to Scarborough in a bid to raise money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
Weston Park Hospital provides care for cancer patients from across the region, which means that patients from Doncaster, Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Worksop, Chesterfield, and beyond benefit from the hospital’s expertise.
After undertaking their first coast to coast challenge in 2011, the Wheelers have since grown in size and regularly take on a range of routes in preparation for their longer rides in support of local charities.
The group of close fiends, consisting of 13 riders, included Rotherham-born Actor Dean Andrews, most famous for his roles in the BBC Drama series Ashes to Ashes and Last Tango in Halifax.
On Saturday May 17 the team of pedal pushers cycled off from Blackpool at 7.30am taking in the Flyde Peninsula and heading out into the Yorkshire Dales.
Passing through towns such as Ripon and Easingwold, the group arrived in the Vale of Pickering and cantered to the outskirts of Scarborough, before completing the ride next to the iconic Scarborough castle at exactly 7.30pm.
With many members having been affected by cancer, the motivation behind the ride was further crystallized when Chas Harvey, a popular member of the club, passed away in April after suffering with cancer.
In 2013, another member of the group, Billy Mugglestone from Rossington was diagnosed with prostate cancer and began receiving treatment at Weston Park Hospital. 67-year-old ex-miner Billy was totally dumbfounded by his diagnosis after leading a very active and healthy lifestyle.
“I was in complete shock after my diagnosis”, said Billy, “no-one wants to hear the news that they have cancer.
“The ride was a great opportunity for the group to support me and give back to the hospital where I’ve received such fantastic care and support throughout my treatment.
Determined to carry on with cycling despite his diagnosis, Billy regularly undertakes weekly rides and has played a huge role in supporting his fellow cyclists with their challenge.
With an impressive amount raised from online and offline donations, the ‘Rosso’ Wheelers’ grand total stands at an impressive £2689.80, exceeding their original target of £1,000.
The Cancer Charity needs to raise over £2 million this year to fund various projects within the hospital including the completion of the Day Case Unit refurbishment.
Actor Dean Andrews, also undertook the coast to coast ride in support of the Cancer Charity after his dad, Colin Marshall, was diagnosed with bowel cancer and treated at Weston Park Hospital 12 years ago.
Dean, who has been a member of the Rosso Wheelers for a couple of years said: “Unfortunately my Dad didn’t make it but I have nothing but praise for the way he was treated during his time there.
“Hopefully, the money raised through our ride will ensure that cancer patients now and in the future can continue to benefit from this level of care.”
Currently, one in every five patients (around 10,500 people every year) treated by Weston Park Hospital are from Doncaster, and with consultants from the hospital holding clinics within Doncaster Royal Infirmary, local people are able to access the very latest in cancer treatment and care, right on their doorstep.
To coincide with the Tour De France, the Cancer Charity is encouraging cycling groups in the region to show their support during the charity’s 20th year by taking on a sponsored bike ride.
To find out more about joining the charity’s Ride and Raise team visit: www.rideandraise.org.uk