A cancer survivor led a group of cyclists from one end of Britain to the other to help raise £60,000 for charity.
The riders handed the generous cheque in last week after taking on the gruelling challenge for Ark Cancer Charity, setting off for the nine-day 965-mile journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats in May.
Team leader Jonathan Hobby, 51, who underwent treatment for lymphoma last year, was one of seven cyclists to complete the whole ride.
It was only last September the father-of-four, who is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT), was diagnosed with cancer.
He said: “Thanks to the skill and care of the team at Basingstoke Hospital, I was well enough to return to work, and I have been able to get back on my bike, and complete this challenge.
“The thought of taking on [the bike ride] gave me something to look forward to and I am delighted that I and the other riders have achieved what we set out to do.”
Looking back on the epic journey, Jonathan said: “It was an amazing experience and we all have some amazing memories. I am delighted to have completed this journey with such a great group of people. We are all grateful to everyone who sponsored us and supported the charity.”
He added he and fellow riders – Kevin Conn, Paul Hart, Graham Hazell, Rob Hewetson, Jolyon Hobby, Chris Hocking, David Poole, Chris Sayer, Tim Syder, Peter Chapman, Mark Keane, Myles Gascoyne and Charlie Taylor – are also grateful to the support team of volunteers who helped them on the journey.
The riders are supporting Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s campaign to raise £5million towards building a local cancer treatment centre for people in the area.
With all the money now in, some of the riders and sponsors marked hitting the £60,000 milestone by handing over a cheque to Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee Merv Rees.