Childhood friends cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats for The Christie

Two childhood friends have cycled from the tip of Lands End in Cornwall to John O'Groats on Scotland's north coast to raise money for The Christie.

Alex Heslip and Jeremy Bygrave took the 1,000 mile scenic route over 10 days from 24th June to 3rd July - supported by their good friend Simon Fletcher who kindly offered to lump their gear around and make sure they were fed and watered along the way.

Alex said "Anyone who lives around Manchester almost certainly knows someone who has been helped by The Christie whilst undergoing cancer treatment.

"Sadly I know at least 6 people currently being treated there, including my lovely dad. I've read on their website that their fundraising is down 25% this year due to the pandemic so we've done our little bit to help."

The 47-year-olds, who met aged 7 on a campsite in the south of France and then ended up at Kings School together, are delighted to have raised over £12,000 so far.

Alex added "The challenge was tough on the body and the mind but we'd trained hard beforehand and it went to plan. We climbed over 65,000 feet in total, visiting two Scottish ski resorts on the way, that's over double the height of Everest!"

Jeremy said "It was a tough trip doing all those miles, and the climbs over ten days. However, it's a great way to see our beautiful country and I was amazed by the warmth and generosity towards our efforts and the charity."

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Mark Curtis
Tuesday 6th July 2021 at 4:10 pm
Well done guys. Will make a donation.