Stevenage police officer prepares for Ride 24 challenge after mum’s terminal cancer diagnosis

Owen Davies is taking part in Ride 24

Owen Davies is taking part in Ride 24 - Credit: Archant

A Stevenage police officer has decided to cycle 310 miles in 24 hours after his mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Owen Davies will get in the saddle for the gruelling Ride 24 event – from London to Newcastle – on August 30, raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The 35-year-old, who is an officer at Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: “Cancer is one of those terrible illnesses which strikes without warning ripping apart the lives of those who are suffering and their friends and families. Sixteen months ago my mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer from which she will never recover, an illness which came out of the blue changing not just her life but that of her family and everyone she knows.

“People in this position need the support that Macmillan provides and every little bit of support helps those who need it most, but as with all things we can do more. The fight those suffering with cancer have is an epic one so I chose to take on a huge challenge to try and raise money vitally needed by Macmillan to help those in need. I am asking for any support you can give to this cause and please follow the link and give whatever you can to help. Your act of kindness could reach out and help the life of someone less fortunate than yourself or even that of a loved one now or in the future.”

So far the funds Owen has raised could fund a Macmillan nurse for more than 21 hours.

Kerry Cunnane, Hertfordshire fundraising manager for Macmillan, said: “The funds that Owen has raised from taking part in this event will make sure that no-one faces cancer alone. Macmillan are there to help people diagnosed with cancer and their friends and family. We all wish Owen the best of luck and thank him for supporting Macmillan Cancer Support.”

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