A DAD is going a long way off road to raise cash for a children’s charity.
Hetton’s Malcolm Morgan will be doing the C2C there and back without stopping to raise money for Candlelighters, a charity which supports children battling cancer.
And, just to give himself even more of a challenge, the keen cyclist will be doing the whole journey off road following the route.
Malcolm, who lives in St Cuthbert’s Way, said he has been thinking about tackling the C2C, which runs from Roker to Whitehaven, for a while and is hoping he will be able to complete the 294-mile round trip in about 40 hours.
The 42-year-old, who is married to Dionne, 40, said: “I wanted to set myself a real challenge and I thought if I chose a charity then it would spur me on.
“After looking on the internet, I came across this charity and it really stood out for me because it is doesn’t get that much support and is run by parents themselves. It must be devastating when they get the news their child has cancer.
“I got in touch and asked if they would like me to do it and they were over the moon.”
Set up in 1976, Candlelighters is a charity formed and run by parents of children who have or have had cancer, ex-patients and the medical staff who treat them. Based in Yorkshire, it provides essential services and support to children with cancer and their families.
Having three sons of his own, Jack, 15, Keaton, nine and six-year-old Layton, Malcolm said he wanted to do whatever he could to support the sick children and their families.
Malcolm, who works for a car parts firm in Washington, said he has not set himself a fundraising target, but lots of people, including family, friends and work colleagues have pledged to sponsor him.
People are also supporting him by offering help on they day, including a support van for the venture provided by Claire McGill who runs Little Lullabyzzz in Hetton and bike spare parts from Cycle World in Chester-le-Street.
Malcolm, who sets off tomorrow (FRI)said: “I just want to raise as much as I can. Every penny helps.”
To sponsor Malcolm visit www.virginmoneygiving.com and search for Malcolm Morgan.