Duncan rides from Land’s End to John O’Groats

Duncan Ward cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for The Haven.
Duncan Ward cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for The Haven.
From left, headteacher Colin Rainford, BHF fundraising manager Gemma Hodgkiss and pupils Amelie Combe and Rose Williamson

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After three of his closest friends were diagnosed with breast cancer within 12 months of each other, caring Duncan Ward felt he had to do something to help.

Having previously tackled gruelling cycling challenges across Europe, the father-of-two decided to take on the journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats in order to raise funds for The Haven – a national breast cancer support charity.

Duncan completed the journey earlier this month, taking just four days.

He started by cycling from Land’s End to Mawnan before heading to Barnstaple.

The 48-year-old then passed through Worcestershire before travelling through the Pennines, camping in Scotland.

Duncan decided to fundraise for The Haven after hearing first-hand how important its service is to those undergoing breast cancer treatment.

He wanted to show his support for the opening of the new Haven in Wessex centre, which is scheduled to open in Titchfield next year.

So far he has managed to raise more than £2,500 for the charity.

Duncan says: ‘The diagnosis of three of my dearest friends came as a tremendous shock, and fills me with such sadness at the pain and suffering that this terrible disease causes such lovely people.

‘As a father, I felt I had to do something to help support not only my close friends now, but also our next generation.

‘Any donations, big or small, made me feel like I had support alongside me every turn of the pedals.

‘When The Haven in Wessex opens next year it will have been worth every penny given and every inch of the journey.’

To make a donation to Duncan, visit justgiving.com/Duncan-Ward7.

For more information about the services offered by The Haven, visit its website at thehaven.org.uk