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Saturday, October 26, 2013
A man who battled cancer has told of his gratitude to the amazing generosity of those who dug deep into their pockets to help raise more than £11,000 for charity after he and 10 other friends completed a 140-mile coast-to-coast cycle ride.
Nick Bunn, 61, who used to own Croppers hairdressers in Pottergate, Norwich, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour on his kidney more than two years ago and has since had a kidney and his bladder removed as part of his treatment for the disease.
But despite his illness, the father of two and grandfather of two, who lives off Bluebell Road, was determined to take part in a new challenge and was one of 11 cyclists – including Andy Flatt, who himself has battled throat cancer – who took part in a cycle ride from Whitehaven to Newcastle to raise funds for four charities.
The ride, which took place in September last year, was in aid of Macmillan, Cancer Research UK, Help for Heroes and Mind, with the final figure of more than £11,000 being split between them.
Mr Bunn said he was delighted with the amount raised from the ride and thanked those who gave so generously. He said: “It was just short of £11,750 – we were very pleased. That amount makes a bit of a difference to people.
“It’s important for us to thank everyone – people are absolutely brilliant. It’s not the best of times financially for many, so for people to be so generous is really quite touching.”
Mr Bunn said the group had become firm friends and now met up about every six weeks since the challenge, which he revealed had left them all with “good memories”.
Mr Bunn’s son Steve, 35, who also took part in the cycle ride, echoed his father’s sentiments. Steve, who owns Croppers with business partner Mike Richardson, 42, who also took part and was dubbed Mexican Bob on the ride, said: “For 11 blokes, some of whom had never met before, it was an amazing bonding experience.
“When you’re doing something tough like that it can either alienate you from people and make you less patient, or it can be a bonding experience and generate a team ethic. We’re all really good friends off the back of it.”
The father of two, who lives off Fifers Lane, also thanked people for their generosity. He said: “We’re extremely grateful to people for their generosity. When times are tough its even more meaningful that people are willing to part with their cash.”