Cancer survivor’s bike ride for charity

Cancer survivor Kevin Balsdon is taking part in a charity bike ride
Cancer survivor Kevin Balsdon is taking part in a charity bike ride

A cancer survivor from Westham has set off on a 660- mile cycle challenge to raise funds for the charities that supported him after his diagnosis.

Kevin Balsdon, a fitness instructor at Freedom Leisure in Hailsham, got saddled up on Wednesday for the challenge which will see him boost the coffers of Macmillan and Cancer Research charities.

Kevin is in remission from Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after completing an intense chemotherapy programme three years ago.

He said, “Without the work and support of Macmillan and Cancer Research I probably wouldn’t have survived my cancer. I have worked hard to regain my fitness and am now able to undertake this cycle challenge to raise funds and awareness for the two charities.”

He initially joined Hailsham Leisure Centre in January 2011 in a bid to regain his fitness after his cancer treatment and went on to train at Freedom Leisure to be a fitness instructor. He teaches classes at the Hailsham, Uckfield and Summerfields centres.

He is being joined on his journey by two members Min Peterken and Jo Davis from Freedom Leisure. Min has chosen to cycle 300 miles to Paris in aid of the Stroke Association and Jo will accompany Kevin for the entire journey to Geneva. The trio left London Blackheath on Wednesday and are due to arrive in Paris tomorrow (Saturday). Kevin and Jo will then ride a further 360 miles to reach Geneva by next Thursday.

Stuart Crawford, Freedom Leisure centre manager at Uckfield Leisure Centre, said, “Kevin is an inspirational member and colleague and I applaud his determination and courage to undertake this daunting cycle ride for the charities who helped him.”

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