A group of novice Sheffield cyclists completed one ‘L’ of a challenge to raise an outstanding £27,000 for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
The 12-strong team of friends and colleagues jumped on their bikes for ‘The Big L’ three-day coast to coast challenge.
Mat Frolish, aged 35, and Carl Walshaw, aged 36, led the Cumbria to Sunderland ride, which was named after Mat’s mum, Lynne, who owned much-loved city cafe Lynne’s Pantry.
Lynne was treated for a brain tumour at Weston Park after initially being diagnosed with skin cancer in 2010. Sadly she lost her battle in November 2012.
The riders vowed to complete the challenge, which saw them climb to heights of over 11,000 feet, last September in her memory.
Mat said: “My mum was treated with the utmost care and attention during her time at Weston Park Hospital and although she passed away two years ago, I remain eager to help make positive changes for cancer patients in the future.”
Deputy charity director, Catherine Rhone, said: “The Big L riders have raised such an incredible amount for the cancer charity and we really appreciate their support.
“The money raised will make such a huge difference to the facilities for patients treated at Weston Park Hospital.”
‘The Big L’ participants were Carl Walshaw, Mat Frolish, Richard Wolstenholme, Jerry Milner, Martin Weatherall, Mark James, James Bruce, Andrew Whitworth, Steve Corbett, Simon Priestnall, Guido Pastorelli John Cadman and Chris Beardshaw.
They are already planning their next fundraising venture, with plans taking shape for a clay pigeon shoot and golf day this year.
Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity is the only dedicated charity for the hospital and exists to support world-class cancer research and to improve the treatment and care for people living with cancer.