AN ‘inspirational’ cancer patient who lost his leg to the disease is supporting a group of friends who are currently undertaking a gruelling challenge to raise funds for charity.
Ben Murphy, of Newborough, is behind the wheel of the support vehicle as his friends tackle Land’s End to John O’ Groats to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust.
The trek began on Saturday and the last roll of a wheel is expected to take place on Sunday - the challenge is part of a bid to raise more than £25,000 for the charity.
Laura Hopcott, speaking on behalf of the group, said: “The reason they are doing the bike ride is to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust who provided amazing care for their good friend and twin brother of one of the riders who unfortunately lost a leg to cancer last year.
“Ben has now finished treatment and is driving the support car up the country alongside the boys.”
The ride has so far had its fair share of incidents including when one of the bikers, Jamie Foster, ending up in hospital after falling off his bike.
He suffered only surface wounds and was soon back on the road.
The group of men are putting themselves through the riggers of this challenge after watching their friend Ben as have his leg amputated last year when he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.
Ben attended Needwood Primary School and John Taylor High School before graduating from Plymouth University with a degree in Geography.
The nurse scheduler at Burton-based Healthcare at Home originally thought that he had just hurt his knee afters years of playing football but later found he had cancer.
He underwent chemotherapy and then had to have his leg amputated.
To follow the group’s progress visit www.murphmania.co.uk or head to Twitter and follow @murphman1a
To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/murphmania