Pedal power to give charity a big boost

Kevin Balsdon on his bike
Kevin Balsdon on his bike

A WESTHAM man who battled cancer is pedalling from London to Brighton to raise cash for Macmillan Cancer Support this weekend.

Kevin Balsdon, 45, started intensive chemotherapy for his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma around this time last year, but has now had three all clear scans and is taking part in the annual 56-mile bike ride from London to Brighton on Sunday (June 19).

He is hoping to raise more than £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support after the ‘amazing’ treatment he received from the nurses.

Kevin was in hospital for around four months during his treatment which took place on an almost daily basis.

He said, “It was a long old four months and the Macmillan nurses were just amazing.

“The support they gave me was brilliant. They were there for me throughout the whole thing.

“I could always call them if I needed to talk and they were there for my wife Lisa too.”

Kevin is now fighting fit and ready for Sunday’s challenge.

He has been training hard with the help of Freedom Leisure Centre in Hailsham with spinning classes and time in the gym.

Kevin was also down at the new Eastbourne Cycling Festival on the Western Lawns a few weeks ago and took part in a 54-mile cycling challenge around Beachy Head, Polegate, Herstmonceux and out to Litlington.

Kevin told the Herald it was tough but explained it was a good warm-up for the main event.

He said, “I am looking forward to the London to Brighton and feeling quite confident.

“This time last year I was just going in to my treatment and now I am taking part in this bike ride.”

Kevin is nearing his fundraising target with a current total of £700. To help him hit the £1,000 mark visit www.justgiving.com/kevinbalsdon1966.