Local cyclist joins charity effort for cancer treatment centre

Mike has undertaken several charity rides throughout his life. This time he was raising money for th

Mike has undertaken several charity rides throughout his life. This time he was raising money for the Christie cancer centre, where his grandson Robby has been receiving treatment. Courtesy of John Swanbury - Credit: Archant

A Lowestoft man joined 5,000 others for a charity cycle from Manchester to Blackpool to raise money for The Christie cancer treatment centre in Manchester.

Around 5,000 people, including Mike, rode 60 miles from Manchester to Blackpool. Photo: Courtesy of

Around 5,000 people, including Mike, rode 60 miles from Manchester to Blackpool. Photo: Courtesy of John Swanbury - Credit: Archant

Mike Rainton rode alongside his son Stephen and three friends on July 9 in the annual event designed to recognise the work being done at The Christie to combat cancer.

Stephen's son and Mike's grandson, Robby, has been receiving treatment at the centre for the last two years.

'Everybody has their own little story about how Christie's have helped,' said Mike. 'During the ride you could see that some people hadn't cycled much before, so I'm full of admiration for them.

'Seeing the work done at the centre just makes you want to help.'


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So far, Mike and his team have raised £1600 and are hoping to reach £2000, with all the money going straight to The Christie.

To donate to their page, click here.

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