Heroic fundraising grandad gets the cancer all-clear

WE'RE BEHIND YOU! -- family and friends cheering on fundraising hero Geoff.
WE'RE BEHIND YOU! -- family and friends cheering on fundraising hero Geoff.

AN INSPIRATIONAL grandad from Hucknall who was struck down by cancer himself while raising money for sufferers of the killer illness has been given the all-clear — and is already planning his next charity event.

Heroic Geoff Crowson (49), of Birchdale Avenue, has been the driving force behind a team responsible for raising thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK in recent years.

It was while taking part in a marathon coast-to-coast bike ride of 200 miles last summer, in aid of the same cause, that he was diagnosed with life-threatening testicular cancer. He had to have one of his testicles removed and there were fears the cancer had spread to his spine.

But now he has been given a new lease of life — after he was told that chemotherapy treatment had worked.

Already, he has organised a charity cycle to Skegness and back for the summer and is hoping to take part himself.

What’s more, he is also able to reveal that the total collected by himself and eight friends and family who completed the 200-mile coast-to-coast ride last summer was a massive £2,409.50.

“Being given the all-clear by the doctors was like winning the Lottery,” said Geoff. “I went for some X-rays a couple of weeks ago and they couldn’t spot any cancer.

“I am still recovering from the chemotherapy and haven’t been on a bike since the coast-to-coast ride. But the fact is I am still alive and I’ve got the chance of making a full recovery.

“I would just like to thank everyone for all their support.”

Now Geoff is encouraging supporters to back a team of eight who will take on the challenge of more than 170 miles in the ride to Skegness and back over two-and-a-half days in July.

Geoff is hoping to be involved himself but if he can’t ride, he is determined to offer his backing and motivation from one of the support vehicles.

To sponsor the initiative log on at www.justgiving.com/GEOFF-CROWSON-EVENT-3.