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Andy and Martin get on their bikes for a wheelie good cause

A plant operative and household waste recycling attendant at SITA UK's Salt Ayre waste treatment facility in Lancaster have completed a special fund raising bike ride to support a cancer charity in Preston.

Andy Hamer, age 41 and Martin Howse, 30, decided to cycle the 25 miles to support their colleague, Jim Lord, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.
Battling with wind, rain and cold, they braved the freezing temperatures and were joined by colleagues who turned out to support them.

Andy said: “Jim is a very popular and well-known guy, having worked at the Salt Ayre site since 1992. He is now planning to retire in February so I thought this would be a great way to show how much he is thought of, as well as raising the much needed funds for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation in Preston.”

Andy is donating a full day's pay, as well as collecting donations from friends and colleagues, and has so far raised over £700 for the charity.

SITA UK has also donated £100 to the fund. Phil Holland, General Manager for SITA UK in the North West, said: “I would like to congratulate Andy and Martin for coming up with the idea and for completing the ride in such cold and wet conditions. We are delighted to contribute to such a worthwhile cause, so that the charity can continue to offer its valuable support to people like Jim.”

Jim Lord was at the finish of the charity ride to welcome Andy back after his marathon journey. He said: “I'd like to thank Andy and Martin and everyone who has backed them by pledging money to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. The foundation has been a great help to me over the last few months and every penny that is pledged will be well spent.”

The money raised will go to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, a registered charity that provides additional facilities and equipment for patients being treated at the Cancer Centre in Preston and local cancer units throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria. Rosemere also funds vital local research and helps to provide care for patients throughout the region.

Anne Sweeney, Community Fundraising Co-ordinator at the Rosemere Cancer Foundation in Preston, said: “Our work with local cancer patients is funded entirely through donations, so it is always fantastic to hear about fund-raising initiatives like Andy and Martin's cycle ride. Every penny of the money raised will go towards our work with cancer patients across the north west, so it will go to a very worthy cause.”

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation can do so by calling 01772 522 913 or by visiting www.rosemere.org.uk.

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