Norwich man’s six cycling challenges for hospital appeal

Paul Thompson who is taking on 6 biking challenges. Picture: Denise Bradley

Paul Thompson who is taking on 6 biking challenges. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

A Norwich man has gone pedal power crazy for charity by pledging to complete six local cycle challenges for a hospital appeal.

Paul Thompson, who lives off Dereham Road, in Norwich, started his charity quest for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital's Targeted Radiotherapy Appeal on April 21 at the Cambridge 100 bike ride.

He competed in the Tour de Tendring on May 19, Norwich 100 on June 1, and the Essex County Ride on June 16.

He was due to take part in the Suffolk Coast 60 yesterday and will finish with the Cambridge to Norwich Bike Ride on September 29.

He has already raised more than £1,000 to improve cancer treatments at the N&N.

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Mr Thompson said: 'We have had four members of our family who have at one time or another suffered from varying forms of cancer and have attended the radiotherapy suite at both the old N&N and the new one. My mother attended through 1974 with lymphoma, and thanks to the team there she is still alive and well today. I am a keen cyclist and wanted to do something to help the appeal and let people know why it is so important we get the new facilities.'

Louise Cook, fundraising manager at the N&N, said: 'We are so grateful that Paul is supporting our Targeted Radiotherapy Appeal and is encouraging people to get on their bike for cancer.

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'I hope people will be inspired to sign up for our Cambridge to Norwich Bike Ride on September 29.'

To sponsor him, visit and follow him on twitter @Paultcycling.

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