A Newbury man is set to take on a tough cycling challenge to raise £20,000 for two organisations which helped his partner following her bowel cancer diagnosis.
Ed Smith will complete the Fan Dance – a 24km race carrying 35lbs of kit, food and water over the Brecon Beacons – in January next year.
But Ed is not just going to do the race once, he is taking it on three times over two days to raise money for the Basing Ward at Basingstoke Hospital and cancer charity Macmillan.
It comes after his partner Anna started feeling ill during a week-long family holiday with newly born daughter Alba to Norfolk in May this year, and was diagnosed with cancer on their return home.
“During the week Anna started to feel unwell,” said Ed.
“A couple of weeks passed until one evening Anna was in so much pain and with a visibly swollen liver we ended up in Basingstoke A&E.
“After a few days of tests and scans Anna was diagnosed with bowel cancer which we later found out had spread to her liver and lungs.
“Anna is now receiving chemotherapy to control the spread of the cancer whilst continuing to be such an amazing mummy and role model to Alba.”
Ed will take on the gruelling Fan Dance with a number of friends, which sees riders climb up the Pen y Fan – the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons.
He has already raised more than £11,000 towards his total.
Ed added: “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received over the past couple of months, so we wanted to give something back so all the amazing work can continue.”
To sponsor Ed’s challenge, go to justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tridentfandance.