Holyport man takes on cycling challenge for cancer charity


Grace Witherden

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A grandfather will be cycling 56 miles around the Isle of Arran in Scotland to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

David Osborn from Holyport will be taking on the challenge with his brother Alan on Friday, October 7.

The two brothers decided to raise money for a charity close to their hearts after their step mother passed away from cancer in August.

David, who lives with his wife Kim in Aysgarth Park, said: “We wanted to ride around there because it’s where we used to go on holiday when we were younger.

“We’ve chosen the route ourselves, it’s just a road that goes around the island so it should take about six hours.

“My father passed away from cancer in 2010, my stepfather has battled bladder cancer and now has cancer of the oesophagus. My stepmother passed away from lung cancer in August – so it’s a charity close to our hearts.”

The 46-year-old, who works in Toys R Us head office in Maidenhead, has been training by cycling to work in the week.

“I’ve been enjoying cycling into work and I’ve been doing long rides at the weekend to build up my stamina,” he said.

“I’ve taken part in other challenges in the past but not for a while, I’ve done the London Marathon and parachute jumping for charity.”

“I set myself a target of £500 but I’ve already raised £590 so hopefully we’ll get some more.”

David, who has a stepson and two grandchildren, and his brother Alan will be supported on the day by their other brother John who will be transporting them to Scotland and cheering them on.

Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/osborn-arran-56 if you would like to donate to David’s fundraising page.


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