A DETERMINED mum is set to cycle 172 miles across five counties – one mile for each week her “inspirational” 11-year-old son underwent leukaemia treatment.
Rosie Walker-Glenn will be joined by her dad Derek Pallett (57) on the two-day challenge, which they hope will raise £1,000 for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity.
They have been spurred into action after Rosie’s son Deiter finished more than three years of treatment for the blood cancer.
Deiter was first diagnosed with leukaemia when he was just seven years old – marking the beginning of a rollercoaster ride for the family.
Since then he has undergone numerous treatments including intravenous and oral chemotherapy, lumbar punctures and blood and platelet transfusions, as well as countless visits to hospital.
Fortunately he is now in remission and the family are enjoying getting their lives back to normal.
Rosie and Derek’s bike challenge will set off from Spalding’s Lincoln Arms pub at about 6am on Saturday, September 14, heading for Peterborough, Wellingborough, Leicester and Nottingham before returning to the pub.
They expect to be back by about 5pm on Sunday, September 15 and hope to be joined by some of Deiter’s friends at Pode Hole for the last leg of the journey.
Rosie (38), of Saxon Close, Spalding, said: “I have done a bit of training but not a lot so I hope just my determination will be enough to get me through.
“My dad did a bike ride from Trafalgar Square to Spalding when Deiter was first diagnosed to raise money for CLIC Sargent, so he’s probably better prepared than me.
“But we both really want to do it to give something to the charity which does so much work to research leukaemia and lymphoma and improve treatment for people who suffer from them, like Deiter.”
Anyone who would like to help Rosie and Derek reach their £1,000 fundraising target can sponsor them by going to http://www.justgiving.com/Deiter