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Cycling from Brandon to Blackpool for our Macmillan Unit

Colin Fogg and his dad, Dave IrelandHe’s planning to cycle from Brandon to Blackpool in a bid to raise money for a cause that’s close to his heart.

Colin Fogg’s challenge begins on Tuesday, September 8, and is due to be completed in five days’ time on the following Saturday.

The 47-year-old, who lives in Bury Road, Brandon, is carrying out the 235-mile ride in a bid to raise money for the My WiSH Charity, which supports the work of the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, with the money directed towards the Macmillan Unit, where his father David Ireland was cared for up to his death in April 2019 after suffering from lung cancer.

He sets off from his home destined firstly for an overnight stop and stay at Peterborough, before he goes on to Leicester, then Stoke, Wigan and his destination on the north west coastal resort.

Colin plans to arrive in Blackpool at Saturday dinner-time to stay with family and has so far has £350 pledged of his target of £2,000.

He has previously raised money for the unit after carrying out a 15,000ft parachute jump two-and-a-half years ago which realised £1,000.

Colin, who is a full-time carer for his 71-year-old mother Linda, said: “I am determined to complete the ride even if I have to push my bike to Blackpool and I will complete it as I am doing it for my dad.”

He said the treatment his father, who died aged 72, received at the Macmillan Unit was “fantastic” and he wanted to raise the money to help repay a debt of gratitude to the staff.

“The staff are just fantastic and you cannot ask for better. They looked after him and my mum so well and helped them out. They were just brilliant and I cannot praise them enough and that’s why I like doing charity work for them.”

He has been training every day carrying out distances of between 20 and 30 miles and even recently cycled to Felixstowe from Brandon.

Sue Smith, head of fundraising, said “We are so lucky to have such amazing cancer services on our doorstep and by supporting My WiSH Charity our fundraisers know it will go directly to their local unit. The staff go above and beyond and make a real difference to people at such a difficult time. We wish Colin luck on his challenge but we know he is determined and will do it”.

To support Colin’s efforts go to his JustGiving webpage at  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/colinfogg1973.

 

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