Three generations of family help raise £4,500 for Pink Rose Suite with Coast To Coast cycle
THREE generations of one family were among a team of cyclists who pedalled across the country to raise £4,500 for Grimsby's Pink Rose Suite.
Tony and Phill Booker first completed the Coast To Coast – or C2C – cycling challenge in memory of their mum Pam last year.
They raised enough money to purchase a new piece of equipment to help treat breast cancer patients using the unit at Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.
The ride was such a success that they decided to make it an annual event and were this year joined by 13 friends and colleagues, including their dad Peter, 61, who is manager of Grimsby's Hewitt's jewellers, and Tony's son Alex, 14.
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Tony, of Humberston, said: "The journey from Whitehaven, in Cumbria, across the Pennines to Sunderland took us three days to complete.
"It was a particularly impressive achievement for Alex and his 16-year-old cousin Kieran Roche, who we nicknamed 'king of the hills'."
Phill added: "Strong winds made the ride even more arduous this year.
"It was a great achievement for all of us because we all had our own personal reasons for taking part."
As reported, Tony and Phill were prompted to complete the first ride because they wanted to thank staff at the Pink Rose Suite for helping their mum beat breast cancer in 2003.
Sadly, despite making a full recovery, she developed another cancer in 2010 which she was unable to fight.
Peter, who took part for the first time, added: "We would like to thank everyone who supported and sponsored this epic ride.
"In particular, I would like to thank the more experienced riders in the group for the help, advice and encouragement afforded to the two boys and myself and fellow 'oldie' Steve Barker, which undoubtedly helped us.
"The amount raised for the Pink Rose Suite, one of the leading breast care units in the country, is truly amazing.
"We are already talking about next year's ride, which may involve a different route that is even more challenging."
The family members were accompanied on the ride by Steve Barker, Warren Emslie, Lee Harris, Carl Holmes, Daz Jaines, Ashley Kershaw, Steve MacIntyre, Dieter Nelson, Tom North and Mike Redding.
Support vehicles were driven by Gaz Bolton and Alan Loftus.
The team would like to thank Blackrow Engineering, where Tony works, for providing one of the support vehicles.