Brothers cycle Tropic of Cancer for charity
TWO brothers have cycled 8,500 miles across the world, raising thousands of pounds for charity in the process.
Jon and Dom Wright completed their journey across the Tropic of Cancer after six months travelling on their bikes through Europe, East Asia and Central America.
The pair peddled through 16 countries and 11 time zones, covering an average of 69 miles a day, as they battled to complete their Tropic of Cancer for Cancer Challenge – which the siblings devised after Jon, 28, was twice diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Having finally been giving the all clear in 2009, Jon and Dom got in the saddle in a bid to raise �100,000 for charities supporting cancer sufferers – including the Willow Foundation, based in Old Hatfield, which organises special days out for seriously ill 16 on 40 year olds.
So far they have raised almost �70,000, and are sharing the cash out to between Willow, Macmillan Cancer Support, male cancer charity Orchid and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
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This week Jon and Dom, 33, popped into the Willow Foundation headquarters to hand over a cheque for �4,500 to founder Bob Wilson.
“I’ve had a lot of special days,” said Jon.
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“But I’d get a lot out of going to meet people that we’re granting a special day for.”
On his challenge, he added: “I just wanted to get even with the cancer, to turn it in to something positive.
“I wanted to show the cancer that I was stronger than it, and I feel I have.”
Accepting the donation, Mr Wilson said: “In our 11 years as a charity, what these guys have done is right up there with the most extraordinary acts of fundraising we’ve had.”
Both Jon and Dom gave up their jobs for the challenge, as did Jon’s fiancee Holly Evens who met the pair in different locations along the way to provide support and clean clothes.
But a relaxed Dom said: “We’ve still got this amazing thing we can always look back to.”
*See the boys’ videos from their trip by clicking on the link above.