BEST friends Gary Goude and Mark Stevens are using pedal power to raise cash for two charities close to their families’ hearts.
The pair have been busy training since September for a 1,000 mile sponsored cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats next month and are hoping to raise at least £4,000 by their efforts.
Gary (31) and Mark (29) both of March, are undertaking the challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK as both their mothers have battled breast cancer and beaten the disease and also Multiple Scelorosis (MS).
Gary’s aunt Teresa Waldock from Cambridge suffered from MS and died in her forties as a result of complications from the illness in 2006.
The pair will be setting off from Land’s End in Cornwall on June 13 and expect to take around a fortnight to reach John O’Groats in Scotland.
Neither of them had done much cycling before, but took up the sport to get fit and then decided to put their efforts to good use.
Gary explained: “Cancer claims so many lives and affects so many more. Both Mark and I have been affected by cancer. Our mothers have both fought and won the battle but so many others continue to have to deal with the devastating affects it has on its sufferers, their families, and those who around them.
“All of this puts our own lives into perspective, and with this in mind, we want to do something. We want to help progress the research and fight against this awful disease.
“We are also raising money in memory of my Auntie Teresa who suffered from MS. MS cut short Teresa’s life, so it’s in her name we would also like to raise support, awareness and money, to help others suffering the same devastating condition.”
To sponsor Gary and Mark visit: www.justgiving.com/garygoude