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Duo's cycling feat remembers father
7:00am Sunday 1st September 2013 in News
A SOUTH Ockendon man has cycled from Portsmouth to London to raise money for a cancer charity.
Aaron Thorne, 36, from Brandon Groves, completed the 80-mile trip with his friend Paul Wilson, cycling from HMS Victory in Portsmouth to HMS Belfast in London on Sunday, August 18, to raise funds for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.
Aaron wanted to set himself a fundraising challenge as a tribute to his late father, who passed away from lung cancer. He and Paul have already raised more than £1,000.
He said: “My dad and I used to love visiting HMS Victory and I wanted to raise money for the lung cancer charity doing something that my father loved too.
“It made sense to start from HMS Victory in Portsmouth, which is also my dad’s birthplace, and to finish at HMS Belfast in central London.
"I was so pleased my friend Paul could join me on this personal challenge and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our family and friends.”
A spokesman from HMS Belfast said: “We were delighted to welcome Aaron and Paul on board HMS Belfast after completing their cycle challenge and were so pleased their friends and family could join them on a special tour of the boat, in memory of Aaron’s late father.”
Mark Parkinson, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation Challenge fundraiser, said: “It’s an honour to have such dedicated people supporting our cause.”
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