A CARING family is taking to the saddle in a loving tribute to a tragic mum.
Val Glen died in December last year, aged 55, after a battle with lung cancer.
The mum of two spent her life in Hartlepool and lived in Wyvern Court, in the town, with her husband of 35 years Wilf, 58.
During her illness, Val, who worked as a cleaner and dinner lady at schools in Hartlepool, was cared for by Hartlepool and District Hospice and Macmillan nurses.
Family and friends are now getting ready to take to the streets in a gruelling challenge to raise money for charities close to their heart.
Val’s twin sons, Wayne and Leon, 31, will be joined by nephew Michael Murray, 23, and his sister Samantha, 26, as well as seven friends, in a 155-mile bike ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland.
The dedicated family have been hard in training as they prepare for the marathon-effort to raise money for Cancer Research UK, Hartlepool and District Hospice and Macmillan nurses.
Michael, who lives in Manor Road, in Hartlepool with his parents and works as a surveyor in Darlington, said his auntie would be proud of the family’s efforts.
He said: “It means a lot to all of us to be raising money in a tribute to Val.
“She was such a lovely woman who would do anything for anyone, so it is good to be able to do a challenge like this in her memory.
“Wilf is very proud of all of us.
“The Hospice and the Macmillan nurses were fantastic to Val so it is nice to be able to give something back.”
Michael added: “We are just going to try and raise as much money as we can.
“We are already trying to get sponsors and we aren’t doing the ride until May so hopefully by that time we will have raised a lot for the charities.
“We are doing at least one ride every week, but it is quite difficult with the dark nights.
“But once it is lighter on a night we will be doing a lot more training.
“It will be difficult but we are all looking forward to the ride.
“I’m happy to be raising money in the memory of such a lovely woman and for such good causes.
“I would like to thank people who have already sponsored us and Richardsons Coaches, in Hartlepool, who have sponsored us and who are providing a minibus to get us to Whitehaven.”
Anyone who wishes to sponsor the family can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/c2cmacmillannurses, www.justgiving.com/c2cCancerResearchuk or www.justgiving.com/c2cHartlepoolHospice.