Son takes to his bike to raise charity cash in tribute to his mum

Adam Reeds of Locks Heath with his mum Carol
Adam Reeds of Locks Heath with his mum Carol

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DEDICATED Adam Reeds is preparing to embark on his biggest charity cycle challenge yet inspired by his mother’s illness.

For the 30-year-old is hoping to raise £3,000 for charity Ovarian Cancer Research by cycling to Paris in four days.

The sales advisor was inspired to take up the challenge after his mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.

He will cycle from London to Paris, covering 300 miles over four days, leaving on May 20.

Adam, of Bluebell Close, Locks Heath, said: ‘This is going to be a big, exciting challenge for me and I hope to raise money for Ovarian Cancer and that the ride will hopefully also raise awareness.

‘I have done charity rides the last couple of years after my mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but I thought this year I would go a little further.’

In 2013, Adam raised £3,118 for Macmillan Cancer Support and last year he raised £2,008 for Ovarian Cancer Action.

He said: ‘The inspiration behind me doing this was my mum being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in early 2013,

‘My mum Carol is still receiving treatment but remains positive.

‘My mum is the driving force behind my cycling love.

‘She is a true inspiration to me and I’m proud of her for her determination, allowing me to remain focused and ride through the pain, giving me no doubt I will reach Paris one way or another.’

He has been training hard in preparation for his challenge.

Adam, who works at Euro Car Parts in Fareham, said: ‘Training is going well.

‘It’s been tough with the weather but as that improves it should get a little easier. Since the turn of the year I’ve covered over 700 training miles.’

To help him on his way, Adam held a collection last month in Sainsbury’s in Broadcut, Fareham.

He spent the day cycling on a static bike, and he covered 100 miles raising £657.

This money was added to his running total of £2,100, which he has raised through a variety of fundraisers, including a charity gig at Fareham Snooker Club, and he hopes to smash his £3,000 target.

Carol, 68, said she is very proud of Adam and thanked everybody, including the supermarket, for their support.

Terry, Adam’s father, said: ‘I’m proud of Adam for all his hard work and effort. The fundraising he has done will help so many people.’

For more about Ovarian Cancer Action go to ovarian.org.uk or to make a donation go to justgiving.com/adam-reeds/