Cycle ride in memory of Sunderland gas engineer

Cyclist Ian Smith (left) and some of the other bikers who are appealing for support for aplanned bike ride in aid of Breast Cancer Care
Cyclist Ian Smith (left) and some of the other bikers who are appealing for support for aplanned bike ride in aid of Breast Cancer Care
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WEARSIDERS are being urged to help a fund-raising team stay on track for their latest charity drive.

About seven cyclists plan to travel from Sunderland to York in aid of Breast Cancer UK, covering the 90 miles in just 10 hours.

The appeal is part of a drive in memory of a popular dad who was struck down by a heart attack.

Organiser Ian Smith, from Chester Road, said: “The arrangements are going really well for the trip and we’ve been getting a lot of support.

“We’re obviously always looking for sponsorship, but we also need help in getting the bikes back to Sunderland once we’ve got down there.

“We thought there might be someone out there who can help with the transport.”

Gas engineer Alan Hill, of High Barnes, was visiting homes on Teesside when he was suddenly taken ill while driving.

The 55-year-old, who played football into his 40s until a knee injury forced him to quit, had shown no warning signs of a life-threatening heart problem when he died on Christmas Eve 2010.

Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral at the city’s St Gabriel’s Church, in Chester Road

In tribute to the popular SAFC fan and golfer, who was a member of Boldon Golf Club, family and friends embarked on a charity campaign on the first anniversary of his death last year.

It has now emerged that his wife Janet, 58, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“We thought we’d choose Breast Cancer UK after we heard the news about Alan’s wife,” said 55-year-old Ian. “It is such a terrible thing to happen after the loss of her husband.”

Anyone who can help the team, which is planning to embark on the ride on July 21, should call 07929010291 or email Ian.Smith@dunelmhomes.co.uk.

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