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My ride across Italy in brother's memory
7:00am Sunday 8th September 2013 in News
A FUND manager has raised more than £17,500 in sponsorship for a 2,000-mile charity ride in his brother’s memory.
Former Heybridge resident Brett Golledge will set off from London on September 8 and ride to Rome in 25 days. He will be joined by a support team, including parents George and Valerie, of Highlands Drive, Maldon, and his wife Dominique.
His brother Clive was just 47 when he died of bowel cancer five days before Christmas last year.
Clive and Brett, a former pupil of Plume School, Maldon, had planned to ride to Italy together last year to help Clive – who was diagnosed shortly after completing the London Marathon in May 2011 – stay fit and focused for his cancer treatment.
Brett, 41, said: “I feel it is now time for me to take this challenge on and do this in Clive's memory, while at the same time raise money for a really important charity like Bowel Cancer UK, which aims to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer.
“Clive's son, Ethan, 16, will ride the last 75 mile stage into Rome with me on his father’s bike. Clive’s daughter, Anais, ten, will also be in Rome to welcome us.
“With my mum and dad driving the support vehicle for the last half of the tour, as you can imagine, there won’t be a dry eye on the tour that day.”
It will be the first time Brett, now of Church Road, West Hanningfield, has taken part in a long-distance cycling challenge.
He will be joined by riders at various stages, including Duncan Rodgers, of Wickham Bishops, and former Ulting residents Simon Spong, now of Great Baddow, and Nicola Spong, now of London.
Brett will be following the route taken by Sigeric the Serious, Archbishop of Canterbury more than 1,000 years ago, who travelled to Rome to meet the Pope.
Sponsor him at www.justgiving.com/Brett-Golledge1
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