Readers may recall the family of Gerry Hicks of Regil, postponed their Pancreatic Cancer UK fundraising challenge to cycle from Lands End to John o’ Groats last year when Gerry sadly died of Pancreatic Cancer on 17th July 2016. A year on the family are keeping their promise to complete the challenge and again finalising plans and training to start from Lands End on 22nd July this year.
The first two weeks of the school summer holiday was chosen again as Gerry’s grandson Finlay, the youngest member of the cyclists attends Chew Valley Sixth Form and has been taking his A level exams.
The team of six riders (family members Mark, Sue and Finlay Hicks, Carina Bishop and family friends Ollie Jobbins and Mark Jenkins) have maintained fitness by taking what opportunities arise in their busy lives with two of the team cycling to and from their workplace in the BRI Bristol and Police Station in Wells and by doing occasional day long 80 to 100 mile rides locally, choosing routes that resemble the terrain they expect to encounter en-route.
During one of these training rides in their Pancreatic Cancer cycle tops they encountered a gentleman at their lunch stop who donated £100 to their cause. Gerry’s daughter Carina said, “We were surprised and somewhat taken-a–back by this random generosity but it must mean that we are helping Pancreatic Cancer UK with their aim to increase Awareness, Research and Support.”
The “Ride for Gerry” Justgiving page has been left open and active since last year where people can donate safely on line. The link is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RideforGerry. People can also donate by text through justgiving by texting CURE 86 and £5 or £10 to 70070. Sponsorship forms and envelopes are also available from the family.
A Facebook page “RideforGerry LEJOG 2017” has been set up this year where friends and supporters can view the team’s progress in their training and progress on the actual ride in July.
Gerry’s son Mark said “I couldn’t have wished for better support from the local community with a number of local businesses and individuals helping with the logistics and support system which enables every penny donated to go to the charity”.