100 miles for my mum

ON THE ROAD: Phillip Hetherington who is set to do a charity bike ride in aid of Cancer Research, in memory of his late mum Diane
ON THE ROAD: Phillip Hetherington who is set to do a charity bike ride in aid of Cancer Research, in memory of his late mum Diane

A KIND warehouse worker will take to the saddle for 100 miles of cycling in a tribute to his late mum.

Dedicated Phillip Hetherington, 29, has been in hard training as he prepares to take to the streets all on his own for a gruelling ride from Hartlepool to Berwick.

Diane Hetherington

Diane Hetherington

Phillip’s mum, Diane Hetherington, sadly died in April last year aged just 51, after a long battle with cancer.

After the tragic death, Phillip vowed to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Phillip, who lives in Winchester Walk, Hartlepool, with his wife Tracey, 36, two step-daughters, Ashleigh Passfield, 11 and Danielle Passfield, eight, and his daughter, Rebecca Hetherington, four, said: “ My wife has done the Race For Life for the last couple of years to raise money for Cancer Research, but obviously men can’t do that so I wanted to do something myself.

“I know my mum would be proud to see me doing something like this and it makes it extra special to know I am raising money for a charity close to my heart.”

Phillip, who works as a warehouse operative in Peterlee, is hoping to start his 110-mile journey on Friday evening.

He is expecting the mammoth cycle to take between 12 and 24 hours.

Although he hasn’t done much cycling in the past, he is confident he will complete the ride.

He added: “I haven’t cycled too much before now, but I have been out on some training rides.

“I am looking forward to get started.

“At the minute I am doing the ride on my own, but that doesn’t bother me.

“I will get a photo when I get to Berwick to prove I completed it then jump on the train and head home.”

Phillip says he hasn’t got a target of how much he wants to raise, but is extremely grateful to anyone who sponsors him in his efforts.

He added: “After this I am going to try and think of a few more charity events to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

“It is a fantastic cause, and I am over the moon to be donating whatever I can.”

To sponsor Phillip in his efforts, call him on 07905567551.