Appeal for Exmouth cyclists to go on foreign cancer fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 11:27 17 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH cyclists are being offered the chance to embark on a series of foreign cycle tours to raise money for cancer nurses throughout Devon.

EXMOUTH cyclists are being offered the chance to embark on a series of foreign cycle tours to raise money for cancer nurses throughout Devon.

The cycle challenges, in Ireland, Holland and Canada, are organised by Marie Curie Cancer Care with participants being asked to raise sponsorship money to increase the number of nursing hours provided in Devon.

One the challenges on offer is an eight day cycle down the length of Ireland, from Malin Head and ending, 666km later, at Mizen Head in the south.

This takes place from September 12-19, 2009 but participants can secure their place by registering at a cost of £175. They are then asked to raise a minimum of £1,350 in sponsorship.

"Those who have completed the Head to Head challenge in the past have talked about the amazing team spirit and the enormous sense of achievement at reaching the end of the journey," says Devon Community Fundraiser Samantha Surridge.

The cycle rides are designed to appeal to cycle enthusiasts of all levels of fitness - but perhaps the ultimate challenge is the Canadian Rockies trip which is scheduled to take place in June 2009.

This 400km, eight day trip through the Banff and Jasper National Parks is a true test of endurance and strength.

With altitudes reaching over 2000 meters, there is a chance to enjoy some truly breathtaking scenery.

Not for the faint-hearted, this challenging journey offers a chance to forge new friendships and to gain a real sense of achievement.

It costs £250 to register for the journey, starting on June 20, 2009, and participants are asked to pledge a minimum of £2,750 sponsorship money to support the work of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Marie Curie Cancer Care provides high quality nursing, totally free, to give terminally ill people the choice of dying at home supported by their families.

More information go to www.mariecurie.org.uk.

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