Tom’s on his bike for charity

Tom Jenkins, who is taking part in a sponsored cycle ride from London to Paris, for the Mark Gorry Foundation for testicular cancer
Tom Jenkins, who is taking part in a sponsored cycle ride from London to Paris, for the Mark Gorry Foundation for testicular cancer

TWENTY-nine-year-old Tom Jenkins will soon be jumping on his bicycle . . . for a 310 mile ride!

The keen sportsman will cycle from London to Paris on behalf of The Mark Gorry Foundation which raises awareness of testicular cancer.

Mr Jenkins, of Halifax, will be accompanied by 60 colleagues from O2 UK and Ventura. He is a corporate customer service advisor for O2 in Leeds.

“My colleague Mark set up the foundation based in Widnes during his fight against testicular cancer. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2009, aged 24,” said Mr Jenkins.

“He worked extremely hard with his wife setting up the foundation to support those who helped him through his illness - a foundation that would positively impact the treatment of cancer in the future as well as work at raising awareness amongst men of the symptoms of testicular cancer.”

The cyclists set off on May 6 from the O2 Arnea in London, and will reach Paris on May 9.

“I feel pretty fit from the sport that I do,” said Mr Jenkins who plays football for Greetland AFC and has been training on his bicycle.

“And, there will be 60 of us so I won’t be alone.”

He hopes to raise £500 and can be sponsored via http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TomJenkins.

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