Written by Ronnie Bradford
On July 25 my dad and I embarked on a crazy adventure, riding from London to Paris on our push bikes in loving memory of my late Uncle Eddie and to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care. Three hundred and thirty six miles in four days!
The ride was incredibly challenging, coping with 39-degree heat, numerous hills, mechanical breakdowns and getting lost. At one-point dad ended up battling the HGVs on the A20!
We met some incredible people along the way whose stories really inspired us to keep peddling on. Definitely a great bunch!
Completing the ride and cycling round the Arc de Triomphe and down the Champs Elysees before finally coming to a finish under the Eiffel Tower is a memory that will stay with me forever.
Eddie sadly passed away just before the new year after a two-year battle with cancer. Although this brought sadness upon our family, I’ve found inspiration from the kindness of the Macmillan nurses and carers to do what I can to help them to continue doing their amazing work. So, in my own way cycling to Paris was the least I could do to pay tribute to this lovely wonderful man and to thank all those wonderful staff at Macmillan who gave Eddie and the family such tremendous support during this sad time.
Thanks to the incredible kindness and generosity shown we have managed to raise £3,446 (with more to come) in support of this fantastic cause, so a big thank you! If would like to contribute please go to my JustGiving page at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/missionforeddie.