By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 16 August 2013 Updated: 16/08 09:43
PEDAL power will be in force when an Astwood Bank man attempts to cycle from Newcastle to London in under 24 hours.
Andy Whelan is set to take on the 300-mile challenge next Saturday (August 24) in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital after hearing the story of an eight-year-old receiving treatment there.
Mr Whelan helped set up a Twitter account for Joshua Jackson – who is currently undergoing chemotherapy. He was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2007 and went into remission three years later, but this year he began treatment again after being told the disease had returned.
“I have done an Ironman event and other endurance stuff, but this is my first totally cycling event. The training is going well, I’m up to around 250 miles a week at the moment,” he said.
“I am a bit apprehensive but I hoping with the training it’ll work out well. The support from family, friends and work has been great.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/andywhelan999 for more information or to donate.
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