Spinning up a storm to raise money for Tom

PEDAL POWER Tim Green takes his turn cycling to raise money for Blue Day in the Cascades shopping centre with his friends, from left, Jon Jennings, Marc Tucker and Paul Gamble.    Picture Ian Hargreaves  (111696-1)
PEDAL POWER Tim Green takes his turn cycling to raise money for Blue Day in the Cascades shopping centre with his friends, from left, Jon Jennings, Marc Tucker and Paul Gamble. Picture Ian Hargreaves (111696-1)

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THESE young lads smashed their target to cycle the distance of Portsmouth to Newcastle for Blue Day and raised a massive £3,000 in honour of one of their closest friends.

Tim Green, 21, Paul Gamble, 21, Jon Jennings, 21 and Marc Tucker, 29, all from Southsea, set themselves the 600-mile challenge in a bid to raise money for the Tom Prince Cancer Trust.

The group hit the spinning machines for a sponsored two-day endurance test in Cascades Shopping Centre on Saturday and yesterday, and alternated in two-hour shifts to cycle two machines continuously from 9am to 5pm, eventually managing 675 miles.

Organiser Tim, who was one of Tom’s closest friends at school, said: ‘It was really difficult, especially towards the end, but when it got hard I just thought about Tom and he gave me the strength to keep going.

‘And the public really helped too, they were fantastic. We got such a good reaction from them and they were all really willing to donate as well which was brilliant.’

The four friends also sold space on their T-shirts to local businesses for £50 each, raising £500 from the sale of these spaces alone, and were donated food and water from Marks and Spencers and BHS inside the centre.

Jon, who played football with Tom, said: ‘I’ve only ever done small fundraisers for the trust before so this was a big challenge, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and it went really well.’

Hundreds of people took part in this year’s Blue Day, the fifth of its kind, held in aid of the Tom Prince Cancer Trust – making it one of the biggest Blue Days ever. The trust was set up by Tom’s family in 2004, shortly after the teenager’s death from bone cancer, osteosarcoma, to raise money for research into the disease.