Cyclist eyes route to Paris as thank you to charity

A Great Waldingfield man is pushing himself to his physical limit to thank those that helped his wife when she was told she had cancer.

David Bowes, of Bantocks Road, was inspired to get in the saddle and ride from London to Paris to raise money for Breast Cancer Care after his wife Maria was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012.

In front of the 49-year-old lies 300 miles between the two historic capital cities.

Maria was diagnosed in April 2012 following a routine mammogram.

“A second mammogram at West Suffolk Hospital confirmed our worst fears and to hear the consultant say the word ‘cancer’ was a huge shock,” said Mr Bowes.

“Telling our four children was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do and it was very emotional.”

The 52-year-old administrator for a finance company had surgery, followed by a course of radiotherapy.

Now, after two years of all-clear scans, the future is brighter and Mr Bowes wants to make sure those that helped his wife and their family are thanked properly, even if that means suffering a few saddle-sores.

“I wanted to do some fundraising for Breast Cancer Care so I went on its website,” he said.

“As soon as I saw the London to Paris cycle ride, I knew it was what I wanted to do.

“I got into cycling a couple of years ago and recently joined Boxford Bike Club.

“This fundraising will be my way of saying thank you to all the people who have treated and helped Maria ever since she was diagnosed, including Breast Cancer Care, which has provided vital information and support to us.”

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