Harpenden man cycling 500 miles for cancer charity
PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 October 2018
A Harpenden man has embarked on a 500-mile cycle ride to raise money for a cancer charity.
Simon Ledsham, 49, is cycling from Scotland to London via Cancer Research’s key research institutes in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Cambridge to highlight the vital role of science in helping cancer survivors.
Simon works for Cancer Research UK as director of communities, and will pedal more than 100 miles each day alongside his colleague Debbie Bradley until they return to the charity’s headquarters in Islington on Friday.
The challenge began at Glasgow’s Beatson Institute on Sunday morning, and the pair have now completed the first two days of their ride - tackling tough terrain, wind and driving rain.
Simon is undertaking a series of fundraising challenges in an attempt to raise £10,000 for Stand Up To Cancer. He has previously climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, had a go at stand up comedy and performed on stage dressed as David Bowie for a charity version of Stars In Their Eyes.
He said: “Each year I look to do something to raise awareness and money for Stand Up To Cancer but I think this is going to be by far the toughest one yet.
“It’s a huge physical challenge to cover this distance, especially day after day, but it will also require considerable mental strength.”
Simon and Debbie decided on the 500-mile cycle challenge earlier in the summer after asking for ideas for raising funds and awareness.
As well as visiting research centres, the pair will also call at a number of Cancer Research UK shops to meet supporters and volunteers.
Simon said: “My inspiration comes from the amazing people who fundraise tirelessly for us and who are prepared to put their mental, physical and emotional strength to the test.
“It will be nice to meet some of the scientists and researchers who are at the sharp end of what we do as well as the supporters and volunteers who work tirelessly to help us beat cancer.”