Brothers’ bike ride in memory of their mum

Riders: Andrew Schofield, Martin Sunderland, Richard Spencer and  brothers James Wilstrop, Lee Campion and David Campion.
Riders: Andrew Schofield, Martin Sunderland, Richard Spencer and brothers James Wilstrop, Lee Campion and David Campion.

THREE brothers will take on a 140-mile bike ride to raise money in memory of their mother.

James Willstop, Lee Campion and David Campion will cycle from Whitehaven to Sunderland in three days between May 30 and June 1.

They’re riding for their mother, Lesley Willstop, who died of ovarian cancer in 2000, aged 55.

Since then the brothers have raised cash for numerous charities, with the proceeds of this ride going to the children’s charity Candlelighters Trust and Hull cancer charity HER Breast Friends.

So far they have raised thousands of pounds through squash tournaments – a sport which the brothers excel at.

David, from Hoults Lane, Greetland, is currently the squash coach for the England team, while James is the number four squash player in the world.

David’s wife, Sarah Kippax, is also in the England women’s squash team.

Since they began fund-raising in 2000 the family has raised £25,000 for cancer charities.

They will be joined on the ride by the former World women’s squash champion Vanessa Atkinson, Simon Parke, former world number three and a support group of friends from the Queens Sports Club and Pontefract clubs in Yorkshire.

David said of his mum: “She was a very special lady who was genuine, friendly and always had a smile on her face.”

On the cycle challenge, James added: “We know that 50 miles a day doesn’t sound much, but I am under no illusions, cycling is a far different stress to squash.”

To sponsor the team visit: www.justgiving.com/140mile-challenge.

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