Dagenham cyclist plans 400 mile pedal for charity
PUBLISHED: 15:34 10 June 2015 | UPDATED: 16:31 10 June 2015
A fundraiser is gearing up to cycle more than 400 miles to raise money for a cancer charity close to his heart.
Garry Culling will pedal from Barking to Devon on July 11 in an effort to reach a £2,000 target for pancreatic cancer charity, Operation Henry.
The 26-year-old is determined to donate after his hairdresser died of the disease – which has a chillingly low survival rate of three per cent.
“I cycle all the time and I’ve been doing charity work for a few years now,” Garry said.
“My old hairdresser died of cancer and I was very close to her. She was the only one to ever cut my hair.
“I’ve always wanted to give back. I love to help people and don’t expect to get anything in return. I really like to go long distance too.”
Garry, who is from Sheppey Road, Dagenham, picked Devon as it’s home to Operation Henry’s headquarters.
He will set off from Barking station and ride 213 miles each way – putting his feet up for a deserved break before cycling back a few days later.
“I’m very excited about it, I literally love doing this work, I’ll be doing it on my own but if it raises money I’m happy,” he added.
“I want to raise £2000 over the next two years and have been doing it since last November – I’m on £600 so far.”
Garry fundraises part time while working as a security guard and distributing herbalife – a nutrition and personal care product.
You can help him raise money by visiting his Facebook page called Sponsored events for chosen charities.
Alternatively, visit his Go Fund Me page at gofundme.com/GCfundraising.
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