Brothers unite for challenge of a lifetime
PUBLISHED: 13:30 27 May 2011 | UPDATED: 10:05 04 May 2017
TWO brothers from Wrington will be taking on a mammoth 2,000-mile challenge across tricky terrain in the name of charity.
Tom and Jonathan Wood are planning to cycle from Vancouver, through the Rocky Mountains and north towards the Arctic Circle in aid of Weston Hospicecare and Cancer Research UK.
They set off on Sunday and will be carrying all their own equipment, camping gear and food – a weight of 50kg on each bike – and hope to complete the challenge within two months.
Tom, aged 21, and Jonathan, aged 27, have put in months of training to reach a high level of fitness for this expedition.
“Cancer has affected members of my family, friends and recently touched the life of someone very close to me,” said Tom, of Church Walk.
“I would like to raise as much money as I can to help to beat cancer and help people who are living with it now to live every last moment of their lives to the full.
“Weston Hospicecare means everything to me, it’s a place where people with life-limiting illnesses can be peaceful and enjoy their last moments with family and extremely caring staff.
“The service that they provide is second to none and gives those with life-limiting illnesses a chance to spend their final weeks and months with dignity and peace with their loved ones around them without being in a busy and stressful hospital environment.
“That is why I am doing to this challenge to ensure that the hospice is able to continue providing this service long into the future.”
A member of the Weston Hospicecare team said: “Tom is hoping to raise £2,500 for Weston Hospicecare which could pay for 19 patients to spend a day in the day hospice or would pay for all the medication in our in-patient unit keeping patients pain free for around five months - this would be a fantastic achievement.”
If you would like to sponsor Tom and Jonathan visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/CycleCanada or to track their progress over the next two months follow them on twitter @TomWoodUK