A speedy South Yorkshire cyclist is riding hundreds of miles in just 24 hours to thank hospital medics who are treating his dad for cancer.
Jack Stephenson, aged 22, from Dinnington, will be cycling 280 miles from London to Paris in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
His dad David, a 54-year-old former policeman, was diagnosed with bowel cancer two years ago, and following surgery to remove a tumour he was referred to Weston Park, where he began six months of chemotherapy.
Jack said: “Until my dad was told he had cancer it seemed like one of those things you think will never happen to anybody close to you.
“It’s only when that does happen that you become truly thankful that there are places like Weston Park Hospital, offering access to the very latest cancer research and treatments.”
Although Jack has previously completed several challenging rides - including a coast-to-coast route - this will be his biggest yet.
He added: “I’m aiming to raise £1,000 and I know it will make such a big difference to people like my dad.
“When I’m straining every muscle in my body during the final hours of the ride, this great cause will undoubtedly be in my mind and will give me the strength I need to pedal on.”
Jack sets off from London at midday on September 6, and is due to arrive in Paris at noon the next day.
He is due to start a master’s degree at Sheffield Hallam University later the same month.
Charity fundraiser Sarah Cross said: “It’s inspiring that Jack is taking on such a tough challenge to support the charity - and moreover to support the hospital where his dad is receiving treatment.
“We’re hoping more people will climb on their bikes to raise vital funds.”
n Visit www.justgiving.com/jackstephenson to sponsor Jack on his challenge.