Teacher Andy Carson sets off on Friday on a London-to-Paris cycling challenge in honour of a colleague who died of cancer.
Andy, head of Year 7 at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, is doing the 234-mile trek in memory of friend and colleague Rachel Ambler, who lost her 18-month battle with cancer earlier this year.
Mother-of-two Rachel, who taught English, was diagnosed with breast cancer in spring 2012 and, despite undergoing a mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, the disease spread to her bones, liver and brain. She died in January, days after her 40th birthday.
Keen cyclist Andy (45), a teacher at CRGS for 20 years, said: “Rachel was an inspirational person and a great teacher who was loved and respected by colleagues and students alike.
“I wanted to do something extra special in her memory and raise money for a charity that helped and supported her and her family and friends during such a difficult time.”
Andy will set off from Trafalgar Square and pedal for three days and through two countries to the finish at Notre Dame.
He added: “I enjoy cycling but I’ve only done 100 miles at the most at one time, so this is a big undertaking, but one I’m looking forward to.
“To get in shape for the ride, I’ve had to put in a lot of hours training which has meant being away from my twin babies, so my wife and I wanted this to be a notable challenge for a truly worthwhile cause.”
Andy is riding for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which helps provide the best care possible for cancer patients in Lancashire and South Cumbria.
You can support Andy at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AndyCarson