Andrew’s pedal power for cancer

Andrew Pearson of Jewson's who dod a fund raising, 425 mile bike ride to Paris
Andrew Pearson of Jewson's who dod a fund raising, 425 mile bike ride to Paris

A Whitby man has got on his bike to play his part in raising over £100,000 for a cancer charity.

Andrew Pearson(44)of Hinderwell joined colleagues from branches of Jewsons builders merchants up and down the country to cycle 425 miles from London to Paris - in just four days.

It was in aid of Macmillan and involved a hundred miles of cycling each day with even more for the last push between Orleans and Paris.

He was inspired to join 120 riders representing Saint Gobain - Jewsons’ parent company - after witnessing first hand the work that Macmillan does in the community.

Andrew who is a supervisor at the Jewsons branch in Fairfield Way, said: “We have had a rough old year. Our branch manager’s brother, Kev Graham, died on Good Friday but prior to that both my mum and her younger brother were diagnosed with cancer at Christmas. My mum had an operation and is on the road to recovery but last month my uncle passsed away at the age of 50.”

Apart from bike riding with his kids and a ride from Nottingham to Whitby a couple of years ago Andrew hadn’t done anything on this scale and did 30 and 50 mile rides at a time as training at weekends.

He added: “When you see what those nurses do - not just for the patient but the whole family, the least I can do is sit on a bike for a hundred miles a day.”

And despite getting injured 20 miles into the route on the final day Andrew insisted on carrying on.

“I pulled a muscle 20 miles in so it was really hard going and I rode a lot of it on my own. They have sweeper vans with half an hour left but I just wanted to finish the ride. I didn’t want to get into a van this close to the finish.

“It made the saddle sore a little bit worse but when you see how much we raised as a team it was worth it.”