Man’s cycle challenge to help raise money for uncle’s medical treatment
A Thetford man is preparing to take on a 152 mile cycle challenge to help raise money for medical treatment for his uncle.
Louis Brabin will bike from Thetford to the home of his uncle Robert ‘Bob’ Andrews in Brighton over two days on May 26 and 27.
Mr Roberts was recently diagnosed with motor neurone disease and his family are fundraising for specialist treatment in America.
On finding out his diagnosis, Mr Brabin decided he wanted to do something to help his uncle, who has previously lived in Thetford, who he said is like a father figure.
The 35-year-old said: “We knew he was ill but it was undiagnosed for a year or two. I have not seen him for about two years and I had an idea when I found out about the diagnoses, that I wanted to see him and I could raise money at the same time.
“It was terrible news as he is such a wonderful man.”
The ride will be split into two legs, from Thetford to north London and north London to Brighton.
Mr Brabin is an Arsenal fan but his uncle is keen support of their rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
He hopes to head to Tottenham’s new stadium, which is currently under construction, to whip up support and sponsorship and is also hoping to head to pubs to gain support from both Arsenal and Spurs fans.
Spurs legend Ossie Ardiles has retweeted Mr Brabin’s fundraising challenge on Twitter.
“It is an Arsenal fan doing something nice for a Tottenham fan,” he said. “My uncle has always been there for me and we always chat about the football and text every day.
“He was disappointed when I turned out to be Arsenal.”
Mr Brabin is hoping to complete six or seven hours of biking a day and said if he can improve on his current fundraising total he may wear a Spurs shirt for the ride.
He said: “I am dreading it. I think the second day from London to Brighton and carrying all the aches and pains from the first day will be hard.
“But I am looking forward to seeing him more than anything.”
To sponsor Mr Brabin a fundraising page has been set up by Mr Andrew’s daughters. Visit the go fund me page.
You can follow how he is preparing for the challenge and help spread the world by following him on Twitter @BobAndrewsOOOO
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Thetford and Brandon Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.