Fundraisers take on motorcycle adventure

Caroline Barrett EMN-150624-155841001
Caroline Barrett EMN-150624-155841001
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A group of fundraisers from across the area have taken part in a gruelling 900-mile motorcycle ride in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Organised by John McAvoy, from Ketton, the event challenged riders to travel the length of the country in 24 hours using motorbikes which cost no more than £300 .

Appropriately named The Longest Day Down, the event took place on Sunday - the longest day of the year and has so far raised more than £17,000 .The route started at John O’Groats and finished at Lands End, strictly avoiding motorways.

One of the riders was Caroline Barrett, aged 49, from Essendine near Stamford, who was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. After a full mastectomy and eight rounds of chemotherapy, Caroline’s recovery motivated her to take part in the big challenge.

She said: “I knew I needed to say thank you not only to Cancer Research UK but also to my friend John.”

Organiser, John bravely rode the challenge in 2013 whilst Caroline was going through her treatment.

She said: “He dedicated the ride to me, now I have had my chance to repay the honour.”

Caroline was the only woman to take part in the race out of a total of 24 riders and the first ever woman to take part.

Stamford residents Jeremy Miles and Martin Candish, both aged 41, also got on their bikes for the event.

Jeremy said: “Having lost family and friends to cancer, I know that what we went through is nothing compared to their suffering.”

Senior fundraising manager for Stamford, Laura Holland, was ‘absolutely delighted’ that Cancer Research UK was chosen as the beneficiary charity.

Visit: http://www.thelongestdaydownchallenge.co.uk/