Sussex man cycles across Australia for cancer support

Seb Wilkinson in training ahead of his cycle journey in November. SUS-151027-120442001
Seb Wilkinson in training ahead of his cycle journey in November. SUS-151027-120442001

A Sussex man who lost his father to cancer is cycling across Australia in aid of Macmillan next month.

Seb Wilkinson, 24, from Heathfield will begin his 750 mile journey – between Brisbane and Sydney – on November 22 in order to raise money for the nurses who cared for his father.

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.”

So far Seb has raised more than £5,000 for the charity but hopes to raise as much as £8,000 to ensure others have the support his family did.

Seb said, “My family were lucky. Both Macmillan and the hospice were there for us, but they are charities and rely on donations, without which, the support we received might not be available for everyone should they need it.”

Seb will be joined on the journey by childhood friend Charlie Gilmour.

Charlie, 24, from Uckfield, 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.

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