Ten years ago 51-year-old Paul Christon completed a 150 mile bike ride for charity, and later this month the Skelton man, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer, plans to do it all again.
Tackling the coast to coast route in a day, keen cyclist and runner Paul is hoping to raise money for the organisation he works for, Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind.
Paul, a senior manager at the mental health charity, said: “We have been working closely with Macmillan to explore the experience of people who have a mental health condition and are also affected by cancer. Specifically, I am fundraising to support this work which includes a pilot project of a Hospital Passport.
“The Passport would help people with a mental health condition during their cancer treatment by highlighting the support they need.”
Paul recognises he may be a bit slower on the pedals than he was a decade ago. He plans to cycle the route from Whitehaven to Saltburn before he starts treatment at the end of July.
He continues: “After some time off the bike, while I was getting things checked out, I started riding again. As much for my mental wellbeing as my physical health. I began to think, could I replicate my ride of 10 years ago?
“It is going to be tough but as I see it there are more reasons to do it than not do it. Okay, I’m not as fit as I was and I am 10 years older. I also have to take into account my current health situation so picking a specific day right now is a little tricky.”
Paul has invited his colleagues from Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind to join him for the last few miles of his ride.
To sponsor Paul go to bit.ly/PaulChriston and to find out more about the work Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind are doing with Macmillan go to www.middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk/services-support/macmillan-mental-health-cancer-care-research.aspx