THREE intrepid cyclists from Hucknall have set off on the charity bike-ride of their lives.
Joe Stafford, Andrew Jowitt and his sister, Hannah Jowitt, are aiming to pedal their way across the whole length of Britain — the 874 miles from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland.
Joe, of St Michael’s View, and Andrew, who lives on Church Lane, are both 18 and Hannah’s 21st birthday will fall during the epic trip.
The trio are aiming to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of Joe’s mum, Julie, who died in 2012 at the age of 47 after a fight against stomach cancer.
Julie, who also left a 15-year-old son, Luke, was on the administrative staff at Hucknall National Church of England Academy on Annesley Road.
The journey is likely to take the intrepid cyclists 15 days and they will be staying at camp sites, youth hostels and even a fire station.
The younger brother of Andrew and Hannah has been left disabled after being diagnosed with a cancerous tumour at the age of only two.
This is A-level year for Joe and Andrew at the National Academy’s sixth form and Hannah, a former National pupil, is at Sheffield University.
They have juggled the demands of exams with raising money to buy bikes and finding the time to train.
Now the moment of truth has arrived, they are determined to achieve their daunting objective.
They have received whole-hearted backing from the academy while Hucknall musician, music producer and entrepreneur Ben Marshall is giving up his holiday — and his van — to provide cover for the whole route.
The three will be joined for one leg of their arduous journey by National principal Dr Jon Edwards and assistant principal Steve Newcombe.
The team have already raised more than £3,000 for the charity.
Ben said: “The guys have been training really hard and I’m sure they’re ready for the physical and emotional demands that the trip will place on them.
“It really is a fantastic cause and on behalf of Andrew, Hannah and Joe, I just want to thank everyone who has sponsored and supported the project in so many different ways.”
To make a donation to the cause, you can visit the trio’s account, http://www.justgiving.com/teams/end2end 2012, text ETOE50 and either £1,2,3,4,5 or £10 to 70070 or pop to the school reception.
The team will be blogging and video blogging daily on www.endtoend2012.co.uk
OUR PHOTO shows the determined trio — Joe (on the bike) alongside Andrew and Hannah