A FRIEND of a Burton cancer sufferer battling to find a bone marrow donor is embarking on a 100-mile bike ride to raise money for charity.
Geoff Merryweather (pictured), who is a photographer for the Mail and its associated titles, will complete a gruelling circuit between several of the newspapers he has worked for over the years on October 18.
The 31-year-old is aiming to raise hundreds of pounds for Cure Leukaemia after friend and Mail journalist Steve Sinfield’s wife, Katherine, was diagnosed with the disease.
Starting at the Burton Mail, Mr Merryweather will cycle to the Uttoxeter News office then to the Staffordshire Newsletter in Stafford, the Post and Times in Leek, the Ashbourne News Telegraph and, finally, back to Burton.
He is appealing for fellow riders to join him so, combined, they can raise as much as possible for the life-saving charity.
Mr Merryweather said: “It was awful to hear about Katherine and I really wanted to do something to help.
“Steve’s always been a great guy and has been a pleasure to work with over the years, so when he mentioned he and Katherine wanted to do some fund-raising, I was more than happy to accept the challenge.
“He’s always looked out for me, so it’s nice that I can now do something for him and his wife.
“What they’re going through is really tough.
“Like all forms of cancer, Leukaemia is so destructive. Aside from the money, I also want to raise awareness about the illness.”
Keen road cyclist Mr Merryweather told the Mail he will nearly double his record distance with the ride.
He said: “I’m planning a few charity rides so, although I’ll be riding nearly double the distances I’ve done in the past, this will be a great way to start.”
Anyone who wishes to donate to Mr Merryweather’s cause can do so online by heading to justgiving.com/geoff-merryweather.