A BRAMPTON man is building up his pedal power in preparation for an epic cycling challenge – all in the name of charity.
Dave Redfern, 41, will join four friends in an attempt to cycle from John O’Groats to Barnsley later this year to raise money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Barnsley Hospice – two causes close to their hearts.
The fundraising challenge will see the group, who have called themselves ‘Team Tarn’, cycle 530 miles over five days around the August Bank Holiday from the most northern part of Great Britain back to their home town.
Along with Dave, Team Tarn is made up of Michael Hirst, 38, Glenn Tolan, 41, and Dave Batch, 37, who all work at Barnsley Premier Leisure (BPL), along with Jason Eyre, 41, who works at Wavin in Barnsley.
They were inspired to raise money for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity because their close friend, Darren Hayes, underwent successful treatment at the hospital after being diagnosed with testicular cancer four and a half years ago.
Darren, 38, who is now also a patron of the cancer charity, said: “Team Tarn has chosen two fantastic charities to benefit from their fundraising.
“Raising money for local charities increases awareness of the work they do and ultimately encourages more people to support them.
“For Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity it’s great that their profile will continue to be raised as widely as possible because people from all over the region and the country are treated at the hospital and, as a cause particularly close to my heart, I think it’s important we get that message out there.”
Team Tarn are hoping to raise £4,000 in total for Weston Park, which is one of only four cancer hospitals in England.
Barnsley businesses have already come forward to support the team, and international drinks brand Lucozade are also backing the challenge by providing nutrition drinks for their ride.
Paul Knight, from Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, said: “As a charity, we rely heavily on donations from members of the public in order for us to continue funding cancer research, treatment and care.
“We need to raise £1.6 million this year to do this so the support of people like Michael and his colleagues is hugely appreciated. We wish them the best of luck in their challenge.”
To sponsor Team Tarn, visit their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/teams/teamtarn2012 or follow their progress on Twitter at @TeamTarn2012.