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Riders raise thousands for Sheffield hospital

Cycling group, including actor Dean Andrews on the left, raised over �2,000 for Weston Park Hospital

Cycling group, including actor Dean Andrews on the left, raised over �2,000 for Weston Park Hospital

A caring group of cyclists - including Rotherham Life on Mars actor Dean Andrews - have raised more than £2,000 for a Sheffield hospital by using pedal power.

The team of 13 riders from the Rossington Wheelers in Doncaster hopped in the saddle to take on a gruelling 150-mile route from Blackpool to Scarborough to raise funds for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Many members of the group have been affected by cancer themselves, and the motivation behind the ride was fuelled when Chas Harvey, a popular member of the club, passed away in April after suffering with cancer.

In 2013, another member of the group, Billy Mugglestone, was diagnosed with prostate cancer and began receiving treatment at Weston Park Hospital.

The energy-sapping challenge took the group 12 hours to complete and has so far raised £2,689, exceeding the £1,000 target.

Actor Dean undertook the coast-to-coast ride in support of the cancer charity after his dad, Colin Marshall, was diagnosed with bowel cancer and treated at Weston Park Hospital 12 years ago.

Dean, who is best known for his roles in the BBC drama series Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes and Last Tango in Halifax, said: “Unfortunately my dad didn’t make it but I have nothing but praise for the way he was treated during his time there.

“Hopefully the money raised through our ride will ensure cancer patients now and in the future can continue to benefit from this level of care.”

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity needs to raise £2 million this year to fund various projects within the hospital, including the completion of the Day Case Unit refurbishment.

 

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