A FORMER Worthing man has begun a 1,000-mile cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Steve Curry, who grew up in Worthing, will be cycling 100 miles a day over 10 days. He started the challenge on Saturday (July 21) and will finish on July 30.
After Steve’s sister, Carol, died of cancer in 1997 he wanted to fund-raise in her memory.
A bike ride seemed appropriate because Steve and his sister always used to go cycling together when they were on family holidays and he chose Marie Curie because of the limited funding given to hospice and palliative care by the NHS.
He said: “People and their families have to live with these conditions and Marie Curie provides essential support.
Steve’s training was initially limited to weekends until the evenings got lighter. He used swimming and the gym to build up his fitness, using spin classes to practice his pedalling.
More recently, he has been trying to do as many long-distance bike rides as possible, regularly completing races of up to 130 miles.
His target is to raise £2,000 but he hopes to exceed this. Currently, he has raised around £1,500.
Steve said: “If anyone is motivated towards doing something for Marie Curie because of me, then I’ll feel like I’ve achieved something.”
Marie Curie Cancer Care provides free nursing to terminally ill people to give them the choice of dying at home with their family around them.
To support Steve’s cause, visit his fund-raising page at www.justgiving.com/steve-curry