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School Friends take on 100 mile Cycle challenge for charity

Gordon Blackburn and Robert Thomason
Gordon Blackburn and Robert Thomason

[T]wo young friends have taken on an epic cycling adventure during their school holidays to raise money for a local cancer charity.

Robert Thomason (age 11) from Ambleside, together with Gordon Blackburn (age 12) from Burneside, cycled across the country over 4 days to complete the Hadrian Cycleway, a 100 mile route stretching the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall, raising nearly £300 for CancerCare.

Ruth and Robert Thomason
Ruth and Robert Thomason

The lads were inspired to take on the challenge for the Kendal based charity following the support Robert’s family received when mum Ruth was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 years ago. This is Robert’s second cycling event in aid of CancerCare after raising over £1,200 following his completion of the 80 mile Bay Cycle Way route last summer.

CancerCare offer a wide range of free professional support services for local cancer patients and their loves ones at their dedicated centre on Blackhall Road and also provide outreach services including Aromatherapy in the Westmorland General Hospital. Around 80% of CancerCare’s income comes directly from local community donations and only receive a small amount of funding from the NHS.

To sponsor Robert & Gordon visit their JustGiving page here. For more information about CancerCare visit www.cancercare.org.uk or call 01539 735800.

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