Grateful son’s bike challenge

Dave Walton with his mum, Elsie
Dave Walton with his mum, Elsie
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A cyclist from Sheffield is saddling up to pedal around the New Forest in support of the hospital where his mum was treated for cancer.

Dave Walton, from Crookes, is going on a 45-mile cycle ride in Hampshire in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

His mum Elsie, aged 76, underwent radiotherapy at the hospital after having surgery for breast cancer.

One of his close friends, Gerry Ness, was also treated in Sheffield for cancer, but he lost his battle with the disease last year.

Dave, who works for a computer firm in Chesterfield, said: “The treatment received by my mum was excellent and the staff were very supportive. Also, during visits to see my friend Gerry, I was given an insight into the incredible and, moreover, vital work that is carried out there.

“Not only will this bike ride be a big personal challenge, but it will also be a chance for me to raise as much money as possible.”

Dave chose the Cycle Sportive scenic ride around the New Forest, this Sunday, having visited the area several times on holiday.

He said he had not taken part in a bike ride for a decade, having been diagnosed with diabetes, but was inspired to start again after the Tour de France’s visit to South Yorkshire.

Dave has raised £1,300 so far and is hoping to collect more than £2,000 in total.

Catherine Rhone, deputy charity director, said: “We are extremely grateful to Dave for taking on this challenge, despite his own health issues, in support of the hospital and the cancer charity.

“Cycling is a great way to fundraise while setting and achieving personal fitness goals.”

n Visit www.justgiving.com/davewaltoncycle2014 to sponsor him.