Andy Wooders, a Sunrise Centre patient who’s been battling cancer for the past three years, took on the exceptional challenge of cycling the famous John O’Groats to Land’s End route to raise funds for The Sunrise Appeal earlier this year.
The challenge was a family affair with his wife Niki by his side, Andy’s brother Martin and friend Steve cycling alongside him, Niki’s sister-in-law Kerry – whose father was also diagnosed with cancer just before Christmas – driving the support vehicle, and nephews Will and Joe providing refreshments throughout the journey.
The team set an initial fundraising target of £1,250 – but ended up more than doubling that amount, raising a total of £2,574 during the epic cycle ride!
Colin Micklewright, Treasurer and Trustee of The Sunrise Appeal, said, “Taking on the 875 mile ride is a challenge in itself – not to mention that Andy did it all whilst in between treatment. What an amazing feat, well done Andy from everyone at the Sunrise Appeal – you’re a champ.”
The group had to cycle through some seriously challenging conditions like harsh winds, sleet, rain storms and punctures – Niki was even forced to stop cycling and join the support vehicle after a severely swollen foot and A&E visit.
But nothing could dampen the spirits of the Wooders clan and their determination saw them reach the famous Land’s End sign post on 30th August.
Niki said, “Well we made it! There were a few bruises and tired limbs, but so many memories made. This was way more than a cycling challenge; there are not enough words to explain or capture the essence of this adventure.”
“I can only say that everyone should embark on an adventure and embrace whatever is thrown at you – whether it’s positive or challenging – along the way. I can’t begin to thank our friends and family that have supported us in so many different ways, as well as The Sunrise Oncology Department which has been truly amazing; thank you Janet and team for all your support.”
We are eternally grateful to people like Andy and Niki who selflessly fundraise to help keep crucial cancer services operating in Cornwall.