A determined husband is gearing up for the last of 12 charity challenges for Frimley Health Charity’s Breast Care Appeal.
Steve Radcliffe, 36, from Frimley, will be cycling 170 miles to Amsterdam to support plans to create a £1.5m dedicated breast care centre at Frimley Park.
The hospital has cared for his wife Janey since she was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in March.
Steve’s previous challenges over the past six months have included triathlons, bike races, open water swims, 10km runs and a 15,000ft skydive.
Steve, an avionics engineer currently supporting the Chinook helicopter fleet at RAF Odiham, said: “The cancer care team have been amazing, providing my wife with such good care every step of the way. I wanted to give something back, so I decided to do something stupid to raise money for their appeal.”
His ride to Amsterdam will start at Frimley Park Hospital at about 10am on Friday 14 October and is expected to last 24 hours, including an eight-hour ferry crossing from Harwich to the Hook of Holland.
Steve, who hopes to raise £3,000 through his challenges, will be supported on the 120-mile ride to Harwich by his friend Melvyn Dolman.
He said: “There are two things that scare me about this ride – morale and cramps. Being in the right frame of mind to keep going is really important. Being tired, wet and hungry is a sure way of losing morale so I need to be very careful that I don’t allow any more than one of these to happen at any one time.
“Also, my legs are prone to cramps and once it starts, that’s it.”
The Breast Care Appeal is closing in on its £750,000 target. This sum will be matched by Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Frimley Park Hospital, creating a £1.5m investment for a 3D mammography machine and dedicated unit for the 6,000 people who use the hospital’s breast services every year.