WHEN his friend died aged just 18, Todd Docherty felt helpless.
Nadine Blake, who died in March from complications of cystic fibrosis, had a big personality and was loved by many.
That’s why Todd felt he had to do something in the weeks after her death to remember her.
The 22-year-old, of Queens Grove, Waterlooville, decided to cycle 50 miles from his home to Brighton – and has raised more than £800 for the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Ward at Southampton General Hospital in doing so.
He said: ‘I wouldn’t wish what happened to Nadine on anyone. She was lovely and would ring or text me whenever she wanted a chat. I felt so sorry for her family and didn’t know what to do.
‘I cycle to work at the dockyard and back every day which is about 15 miles and thought “lets do something on my bike”.’
The ride was on a beautiful sunny day earlier this month and Todd completed the challenge in three hours and 13 minutes.
He said: ‘I was so excited on the day. I woke up at 4.30am and started sorting out all my food and servicing the bike.
‘I was going to set off at 6.30am but it was raining. I put it back to 7.30am and it was sunshine all day until the moment I stepped back through my front door.’
Nadine, from Warren Park, fought a life-long battle with cystic fibrosis.
She spent a lot of time in Southampton General Hospital recovering from severe bouts of illness – including strokes and organ failure.
She was on the register to have a lung transplant but was told last year that she was too weak to undergo such a big operation.
Despite her illness she lived life to the full and was always immaculately turned out with bright pink hair, manicured nails and perfect make-up.
She had ambitions to be a beautician and took courses at college. Her hero Peter Andre befriended her in her final months bringing much joy to her and her family.
To sponsor Todd go to justgiving.com/nadineblakes50milebikeride.