11:14AM, Wednesday 03 October 2012
A charity bike ride which has raised more than £10,000 in memory of a father-of-three has been hailed as 'a great celebration of his life'.
Family, friends and colleagues of Rick Wheddon cycled more than 50 miles from Calais to Le Touquet in France in memory of the 46-year-old, who lost his three-and-a-half year battle with bowel cancer last year.
More than 70 people took part, sporting photos of Rick on their shirts, and set off on Saturday last week - the anniversary of his death.
Among them were his wife Jane, daughter Beth, 17, and sons Will, 15, and Rob, 13, as well as his three brothers and two sisters.
"It was exactly what my husband would have wanted and the only person missing was him," said Jane.
"It was a great celebration of his life."
The 47-year-old, from Henley Road, Maidenhead, described the ride as 'amazing' but 'quite hilly and a real challenge'.
French road diversion signs even sent Rob off on an unplanned detour which added 10 miles to his journey.
But impressively the teenager, who was the youngest person taking part and used to attend St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School alongside his siblings, still managed to complete the course alongside them and his mum.
The riders met up about three miles from the finish line to make sure they crossed it together, with Jane and the children in front.
She said the amount raised by the ride, which has soared to more than £10,700 and is still expected to rise, was 'staggering' and thanked everyone who took part and supported it.
"Rick would have just been totally humbled," she added.
The money will be given to Bowel Cancer UK, which raises awareness of the disease and campaigns for the best treatment for it.
Jane said the charity's aims reflected her husband's positive approach to his battle against cancer.
Visit www.justgiving.com/Rick-Wheddon to donate.
Watch: A video made during the bike ride below
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