Businessman gears up for mammoth 150-mile bike ride to support sight-saving and cancer charities

Steve Young
Steve Young
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A businessman is cycling more than 150 miles to raise money for a cancer charity after losing his grandmother to the disease.

Steve Young is undertaking the mammoth challenge from his Thame home to Harmer Hill, in Shropshire, to raise money for international sight-saving charity ORBIS and cancer charity Macmillan.

The 42-year-old will be doing the ride with his friend Andrew Haxton on Saturday (July 21).

Mr Young is mainly a mountain biker but has been training for the challenge at home and while on holiday in Corsica.

However, the longest distance he has so far completed is 88km.

He said: “I’m hoping we will get to Harmer Hill in under 14 hours and that the weather will be kind.”

Mr Young lost his grandmother to cancer and knows ORBIS and its work through a friend at the organisation, so will be splitting the money he raises between the two charities.

His company, Downtown Recruitment, will be donating £500 to the effort and Mr Young intends to double that.

ORBIS prevents and treats blindness by providing quality eye care to transform lives by providing the tools, training, and technology necessary for partners to develop their own capacity to provide eye care services that are affordable, accessible and sustainable.

Macmillan supports and helps carers, families and communities affected by cancer. It funds nurses and other specialist healthcare professionals and builds cancer care centres.

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