TWO police sergeants from Bognor Regis will climb into the saddle to raise as much money as possible for charity.
Sergeant Ian Cheesman from the neighbourhood policing team and acting Sergeant Andy Baynes from the neighbourhood response team are hoping to pedal to success as they ride from Lands End to John O’Groats.
Both men will take two week’s holiday from their day jobs to cycle the 900 miles from one end of the country to the other between June 2 and June 11, all in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Sgt Cheeseman said: “I’ve been cycling for nearly 20 years and used to race for Worthing Excelsior cycling club. I really enjoy it and am a mad cycling fan and have always wanted to complete this iconic ride.
“I have lost some friends to cancer over the years, and one as recently as June last year, so I felt that this was an excellent opportunity to realise a personal ambition whilst raising money for a very worthwhile charity.
“We’re hoping to raise around £1,500 for Cancer Research UK and we are nearly there which is great news and we’ve still got a few months to go.”
The pair will be joined by Ian’s brother-in-law, Mark, and have set up a JustGiving page to raise money for their cause. They will also blog about their intrepid journey.
Sgt Baynes said: “We chose this challenge because it was a little out of the ordinary, would really push us to our limit and be a little bit of an adventure. Cancer Research was chosen because, as with many people, we have had close relatives and good friends pass away as a result of various cancers and wanted to raise some money for this worthy cause.
“I first started training on a bicycle last year as a way of saving money travelling to and from work. I will be content to get through a day at a time and will of course be delighted and relieved to finish.
“Needless to say I will be repeatedly telling Ian that I will not be a party to his daft plan to do the Alps next year.
“We have been blown away with peoples generosity in these times of relative austerity, so we want to thank everyone who has donated.”
You can donate to the duo at www.justgiving.com/IanCheesman1212 or text EXUH50 to 70070 which costs £5.