Riding length of Britain to honour tragic mum

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AN INTREPID trio of teenagers are to take on a daunting bike-ride the length of Britain — in honour of a Hucknall woman who died from cancer last year.

Joe Stafford (17), Andrew Jowitt (17) and Hannah Jowitt (19), all from Hucknall, will bid to complete the 874 miles from Land’s End in Cornwall to John O’Groats in Scotland.

They are raising money for Cancer Research UK in memory of Joe’s mum, Julie, who was well-known as a popular member of the administrative staff at the Hucknall National Church Of England Academy on Annesley Road.

Tragically, she died last year at the age of 47 after a fight against stomach cancer. She also left a 15-year-old son, Luke.

The ride will take the trio over tough terrain. But they are hoping to complete the epic journey inside two weeks after setting off on Thursday July 12 next year.

Joe, of St Michael’s View, said: “We want to do something to honour mum’s memory and, at the same time, raise money for a brilliant cause. The challenge is far more complicated than we first imagined. But we are getting to grips with it now and we are confident we will be able to pull it off.”

Andrew, of Church Lane, is studying A-levels in the sixth-form at the National Academy with Joe. Hannah, who is a former National pupil, is at Sheffield University.

Andrew and Hannah’s lives have also been touched by cancer. For their younger brother was diagnosed wih a cancerous tumour at the age of two. He has survived but has been left disabled.

In the run-up to the ride, the trio are to stage a series of fundraising events, which will include a Christmas fair, quiz night and charity football match.

Anyone who would like to support the charity ride is asked to log on at www.endtoend2012.co.uk. Businesses willing to sponsor the ride should contact Ben Marshall on 07968 739824.

OUR PHOTO shows Joe (on the bike) alongside Andrew and Hannah preparing for the ride