Lincolnshire men complete gruelling and emotional 220-mile ride

Three men have completed an emotional 220-mile ride in memory of their mum and aunt, who had been cycling in Norfolk before being diagnosed with an incurable brain disease.

It was in September 2016 that Jeana Hopkins was struck down with Glioblastoma – a condition which affects 2,200 new people in England each year, and of which little is known.

“We are all still struggling, it was so violent how it grabbed her. But the cycle helped to put smiles on our faces and raised a few quid,” said Jeana’s son, Simon.
“Mum went in to hospital on Christmas Eve and we couldn’t have a proper Christmas with her. Hopefully this can mean someone has their Mum home for Christmas.”

While they hoped to raise £1,000 for research into the condition, 49 people have so far donated, taking the total to £1,370.

The cycle team, which included Simon, his brother Gary and cousin Matt Scott, left Grantham on Thursday and travelled to Whitby in three days.
On the first day, they undertook a gruelling 92 miles, with Simon accused of a couple of “tactical punctures” on the second day to have a rest – although,they did conquer a number of big hills as they cycled at 650ft above sea level.

Things got even more difficult, though, and while they left themselves just 43 miles on the final day, the route included a detour along an old railway track and “20 miles of pain” as they travelled to Whitby from Scarborough.
Gary added: “It was a rollercoaster. But we want to continue doing something every year, a new challenge, in memory of mum and to hopefully help other families.”

The average length of time people survive after diagnosis is 16 months, and while there are 2,200 new cases in England each year, very little is known about how Glioblastoma develops.

Simon added: “She fought and fought the disease, anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her would agree she was a fighter and a strong woman.

“We saw the disease quickly take control of her and sadly she passed away in February 2017 at St Barnabas Hospice in Grantham Hospital.”

Last year, the men channeled some of the fighting spirit Jeana showed and cycled 190 miles from Grantham to Great Yarmouth on their first ride.

While they aimed to raise £1,000 for Brain Tumour Research, 60 supporters helped take the final total to £1,627.

The Guys Added “Thank you for all the support from everyone that has donated this and last year and everyone that helped the events happen – we have managed to fund a day of research into brain cancer”

You can donate at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/grantham2whitby

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