Fundraisers cycle to football stadiums in memory of Sheffield man

Friends of former Yorkshire Water employee, Mark Jenkinson, cycled around 10 Yorkshire football league clubs in his memory  to raise cash for 'Luke's Hospice and Cancer Research.'They are pictured with some of Mark's relatives.
Friends of former Yorkshire Water employee, Mark Jenkinson, cycled around 10 Yorkshire football league clubs in his memory to raise cash for 'Luke's Hospice and Cancer Research.'They are pictured with some of Mark's relatives.
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Friends and colleagues of a Sheffield man who lost a battle with cancer are on target to raise £10,000 in his memory.

A group of 15 cycled around 10 football league clubs in Yorkshire to generate cash for St Luke’s Hospice following the death of Mark Jenkinson, who worked for Yorkshire Water for 33 years.

The money raised will be split St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield and Cancer Research.

Mark died in December after battling cancer.

His friends started their challenge at Sheffield United’s stadium on Friday, September 18 and cycled 228 miles over three days - stopping off at Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley FC, Huddersfield Town, Bradford City, Leeds United, York City, Hull FC, Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United’s grounds.

Lee Pinder, from Yorkshire Water, who co-ordinated the tour said: “Quite a few of us were novices and had only started cycling earlier this year so it was tough but everyone enjoyed the ride and finished the challenge.

“We won’t know exactly how much we have raised until our paper sponsorship forms are all collected but we’re very hopeful that we’ll reach our £10,000 target.”

Nigel Robinson, who took part in the ride, said: “It’s great to raise this money in memory of our friend Mark - a top bloke who is missed by us all.

We’ve decided to make this a yearly challenge and although we’ve not yet decided next year’s ride it will be even more ambitious.”

St Luke’s Hospice in Whirlow cares for people with incurable illnesses.

Cancer Research is dedicated to beating cancer through research.

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