Sussex cyclist begins Australian cycle trek for cancer care

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A cyclist from Sussex is set to raise more than £6,000 for a cancer charity as he begins a 750 mile journey across Australia today (November 20).

Seb Wilkinson, 24, from Heathfield and childhood friend Charlie Gilmour, 24 from Uckfield will fly to Australia today as they begin their trip between Brisbane and Sydney in aid of Macmillan.

Seb is raising money for the charity after losing his father to cancer earlier this year.

Seb’s father, Simon Wilkinson, 57, was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in July 2014 and saw his health rapidly deteriorate over the following months.

Simon was later admitted to St. Wilfred’s Hospice in Eastbourne where he was treated until his death in July 2015.

Seb said, “Macmillan is a charity that supported my family when we needed support the most. St Wilfred’s Hospice in Eastbourne looked after and supported my father in his final days.

“Not only that, but they also supported and looked after my whole family during those final days, for which we shall be forever grateful.”

Charlie will drive Seb’s support van as they cross the Australian outback and helps organise his friends journey.

The challenge is equivalent to cycling the London to Brighton more than 12 and a half times and will see Seb spend more than 10 hours in the saddle each day.

The pair will be keeping a live journal of their journey from this evening.

To read the journal visit Grippingmiles.com.

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