A Hampshire firefighter is taking on a mammoth cycling challenge to help fight cancer as his mother-in-law is currently fighting the disease.
James Gray, 31, from Eastleigh Fire Station, will be travelling 100 miles in and around London from the Olympic Park, to the hills of Surrey, through the Mall before finishing at Buckingham Palace.
The oncall firefighter will be taking part in the Prudential Ride London event on July 31 this year in aid of Cancer Research UK.
“It is a charity that’s close to my family’s hearts as my mother-in-law is currently very poorly and is fighting her second bout of cancer in as many years.
“The last two years have been very emotional not only for my mother-in-law, but for our entire family; her diagnosis has affected us all. Time has stopped, you never think it will happen to you or your loved one and when it does, suddenly, it’s all you can think about.
“We watched her struggle through challenging cycle of treatment and provided her with support and love. When we were told at the end of the treatment the cancer had gone we were all elated.
“That is until it came back early this year.
“This all coincided at the same time as my wife and I were preparing to give birth to our first child, a normally happy and exciting time, but for us, clouded by cancer.”
He went on to say Cancer Research UK is a fantastic charity with a strong presence in the local area and a state of the art research centre based at Southampton General Hospital.
He hopes that his efforts will help them continue their ground-breaking work to help beat cancer sooner.
Donations can be made online or in person at Eastleigh Fire Station.
He has currently raised more than £900 in sponsorship and aims to reach £1,500.
Firefighter to boost charity's funds