Postman Ade cycles round from Great Yarmouth to Spalding for Pilgrim

Spalding postman Ade Mills cycled 115 miles from Great Yarmouth to Spalding in aid of the cancer ward at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
Spalding postman Ade Mills cycled 115 miles from Great Yarmouth to Spalding in aid of the cancer ward at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.
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Postman Ade Mills (49) took a break from his round to cycle 115 miles from the Norfolk coast to Spalding for a moving cause.

Ade, of Wygate Park, Spalding, carried the memories of friends and colleagues Robbie Coats and Geoff Smith, who died of cancer in April 2009 and June 2015 respectively, with him when from Great Yarmouth, through Sutton Bridge and Holbeach to Spalding on Sunday.

It was Ade’s fourth cycle ride in aid of Ride for Robbie, a campaign named after Mr Coats to raise money for the cancer ward at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, where he, Mr Smith and two more of Ade’s workmates are undergoing cancer treatment.

Ade said: “Robbie was an all-round sportsman who was very good at cricket and football, having played in the same Boston United team as (former managers) Jim Smith and Howard Wilkinson.

“I only knew Robbie for about three or four years but in that time, he was an upbeat character and had a huge passion for northern soul and Motown music.

“Geoff was a colleague who worked in Holbeach until he lost his battle with cancer last year and I’ve got two more colleagues who are fighting their battles with this awful disease.”

I only knew Robbie for about three or four years but in that time, he was an upbeat character who was very good at cricket and football

Ade Mills of Spalding and Ride for Robbie 2016

Ade’s first charity bike ride was a 70-mile journey from Grantham to Spalding and back, with Norfolk having been the starting point for each of fundraising journeys in 2012, 2014 and this year.

The postman is on course to raise £10,000 for Pilgrim Hospital which recently benefited from a donation of nearly £30,500 by Boston-based charity, the Detection of Cancer and Treatment Equipment Fund, for the diagnosis of bladder cancer and chemotherapy to patients.

Ade said: “There was excitement and a bit of relief when the day of the Ride for Robbie ride came because I’d put in a tremendous amount of training for the event.

“As a keen cyclist, I did an average of 150 miles a week in training, with most of the rides having been between 40 and 50 miles.

“But the course on Sunday was quite hilly, especially in-between Wells and Cromer, which was something I wasn’t used to on the roads.

“I gave myself nine hours to do the ride so that I could make the most of it, stopping off for something to eat on the way.”

Ade has been a postman for 11 years after previously spending 20 years in retail before deciding on a change of occupation.

“I love the job, although it’s changed a lot in 11 years,” Ade said.

“But I’m a people person and all the people I deliver to regularly was given a leaflet about Ride for Robbie.

“What I like about it is that every time I raise money, I’m shown where it goes.”

Ade and Tony get on their bikes for charity

Ride from Great Yarmouth to Spalding in memory of postie Robbie