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Cyclist to tackle charity event in memory of father
A RODBOURNE man is cycling from London to Paris in memory of his late father and the first holiday abroad they shared.
IT consultant Nick Walters is taking up the gruelling 480km challenge to raise money for Macmillan, which provided the specialist cancer nurses who cared for Nick’s father, Peter, when he lost his battle with lung cancer at the age of 55.
The challenge is particularly meaningful to Nick, 37, whose first family holiday was with his father to Paris.
He said: “The first time I went abroad we went to Paris, and my dad took me to see the band Nirvana.
“So the first time I went abroad was with him and it was to Paris, so it seemed like a good thing to do in his memory.
“I think he would be very proud about what I am doing.”
Nick will set off with thousands of other cyclists in July next year for the four-day challenge, and has already raised £610 towards his £1,600 target.
He said: “Macmillan looked after my dad in 1999. He had lung cancer and he died on Christmas Eve, and the Macmillan nurses looked after him throughout it all.
“A lot of people are suffering with cancer and it’s a great charity to support because they can help so many people.”
Nick, who is a charity bike ride virgin, has already started training to make sure he can stick out the tough challenge. He plans on doing the cycle on his specialised Allez road bike.
He said: “I’ve never done anything like this before. I am quite active though and I love cycling. With the winter coming I’ll be doing more spinning classes, and I go out on the roads a couple of times, cycling 50 or 60 miles.
“It is about 90km a day for the first three days and then 60km for the last one. I think they do it in about eight hours – I’ve never gone that far but my average is pretty good so I think I should be okay.”
The London to Paris Cycling Challenge is one of Europe’s iconic rides, which helps raise thousands of pounds towards providing specialist cancer care.
To sponsor Nick and his challenge to fundraise for Macmillan visit www.justgiving.com/n- walters.
You can also give via text message, by texting NIKW75 £x (where x is amount donated) to 70070.
For more information about Macmillan and how you can get involved in the London to Paris cycle ride, visit www.macmillan.
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