On your bike! Steve’s set for gruelling charity ride

Steve Marsdin is riding from Scarborough to Bradford for charity.

Steve Marsdin is riding from Scarborough to Bradford for charity.

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A Market Weighton man will help a cancer charity nurses provide hundreds more hours of care when he joins a group of cyclists from a building society who are tackling a 180-mile sponsored coast-to-coast ride in two days.

Mortgage advisor Steve Marsdin will join 22 colleagues from Yorkshire Building Society as they undertake the gruelling challenge to raise funds for Marie Curie nurses.

The ride is in aid of the Hour of Need campaign – the building society’s most ambitious charity initiative to date. Every £20 raised by colleagues will enable Marie Curie to give one hour of nursing care.

Steve, who is taking part in the first leg of the fundraiser. from Scarborough to Bradford, said: “The coast-to-coast bike ride promises to be a tough challenge and I’m sure there will be plenty of bumps along the way.

“But the thought of sore legs and aching backs is nothing when you think how hard each and every Marie Curie nurse works every day.”

Steve, who works at The Mortgage Advice Centre, Yorkshire Building Society’s agency in Market Weighton, revealed that raising money to help support a good cause was not his only motivation for getting on his bike.

“My wife’s great uncle, who lives in the south of France, cycled everyday well into his eighties,” he added.

“Sadly he suffered a stroke last year and has had to give up cycling. He was, and is, my inspiration to take up cycling again in my fifties and I will be wearing his cycling gloves and glasses that he gave me as a gift, on the ride.” The riders will set off from Scarborough Lighthouse at 9am today (9 July), and pedal their way across North and West Yorkshire to Bradford. The following day they will head off from the Society’s head office through Lancashire to their finish point at Blackpool Tower. The cyclists hope their coast-to-coast challenge will raise at least £5,000 towards to campaign’s ultimate fundraising target of £500,000.