MORE than £4,000 has been raised as part of a bike ride organised in memory of a man who died of cancer.
Fifteen-year-old Arthur Bailey came up with the idea of cycling from his home in Meadow View, Rolleston, to the Somerset hospital that cared for his uncle Tim Sansom during his final days.
Eight cyclists, led by Arthur, completed the 180-mile journey to raise money for Wincanton Community Hospital, while marking the first anniversary of the death of Mr Sansom.
Andrew Bailey, Mr Sansom’s brother-in-law and father to organiser Arthur, said the challenge had been incredibly worthwhile, especially knowing the money raised was going to such a good cause.
He said: “We did go down a few country lanes that we shouldn’t have done, which made the journey a little longer,” he said.
“But it was a great welcome the hospital gave us when we arrived.”
Kate Bailey, Mr Sansom’s sister, revealed her son was so moved by the loss of his uncle and the impact that he had on the family that he was determined to do something to honour his memory.
She told the Mail: “Arthur loved his uncle and, like all of us, was devastated by Tim’s death last year.
“He saw how it left everyone distraught and wanted to come up with some way of honouring his memory, as well as raising money for place that cared for him in his final days.
“The care Tim was received was excellent and that is why we wanted to do our bit to say thanks to the hospital that cared for him in his final days.
“In total, we believe we have raised more than £4,000, which is a great haul following a great effort by all involved.
“It was a tough ask of all those involved, but they all completed it and we are proud of them – and I am sure Tim would be as well.”
The group was greeted by a large welcoming party of supporters, family members and the Friends of Wincanton Community Hospital when they completed their challenge, which took three days.