A Holbeach shop worker has shattered the pain barrier during a charity bike ride in memory of a relative and family friend.
Kyle Rackham (25) of Lawyers Close cycled 117 miles - the distance between Holbeach and London - on an exercise bike at Tesco Superstore in Boston Road South where he works to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
I still have family and friends who are currently going through cancer treatment so I wanted to give something back to Macmillan for the help its staff gave to the people I knowKyle Rackham (25)
Married Kyle took six hours to reach his target, stopping only for food and toilet breaks, cheered on by workmates and shoppers at the Holbeach store last Thursday.
Kyle said: “I came up with the idea off the top of my head and decided to do it the Friday beforehand.
“Six months ago, I lost my great uncle Phillip Ingham (67) to cancer just seven weeks after his diagnosis and I also lost a close family friend who we called Auntie Debs at the age of 46 a couple of years ago.
“Auntie Debs had been given the all-clear from cancer but later fell ill and died on the same day as my brother’s birthday after picking up a different type of cancer to the one she had originally fought against.
“I still have family and friends who are currently going through cancer treatment so I wanted to give something back to Macmillan for the help its staff gave to the people I know.”
Kyle has raised about £600 so far with help from the store’s Charity Champion Sally McKenna.
“I got to the first 30 miles of the bike ride and felt I was okay,” Kyle said.
“But after 40 miles, I felt my legs burning and my body was destroyed by the time I reached the end of the ride.
“Sally stood with me the whole time and my grandmother who had held a coffee and cake morning for Macmillan in the Long Sutton area before my ride and raised over £400.
“A lot of shoppers gave me motivation as well and one man, who had just come through his own cancer treatment, got on the bike and rode a mile for me.”
To donate, go to https://www.justgiving.com/RackhamRide4Charity/
Kyle’s static bike ride was the latest in a series of fundraising efforts for the charity.
Last week, the Guardian featured food worker Martin Pell who more than £800 for Macmillan by holding a birthday party at his mother-in-law’s home in Weston Hills where presents were replaced by donations to the charity.
Martin, of Chaucer way, Spalding, said: “It was wonderful to have everyone together outside and sitting around chatting, meeting people they never knew before and raising money which all goes to something we might need in times to come.”
Meanwhile, children, staff and parents at Gosberton Academy held a Macmillan Afternoon at the start of October and raised £240.
Head of school Sarah Gray said: “As a strong community school, it was fantastic that so many people came to support this event.