Pompey fan part of team cycling to Amsterdam
Having just cycled 300 miles from Portsmouth to Bury, the last thing you’d have thought was on Tom Dearie’s mind was getting into the saddle again.
But that’s exactly what the Pompey fan is doing, as he has been invited to join a Football League-backed Prostate Cancer UK cycle challenge to Amsterdam.
Dearie, 41, was part of the ‘Ride 2 Bury’ team which raised approximately £24,000 and now he hopes to use that experience to raise more money for another good cause.
The challenge is part of the Men United v Prostate Cancer campaign and will see representatives from Football League clubs up and down the country take part.
Starting at Leyton Orient on Friday, June 6, the cyclists will cycle to Harwich before taking a ferry to the Hook of Holland.
From there, the ride will head for Amsterdam, finishing at the Amsterdam Arena, home of Ajax FC, on Saturday, June 7. The cyclists will be on the road for around 150 miles.
Dearie said: “I am looking forward to the challenge and it is an honour to have been asked to take part. After the training I put in for the Bury ride I am confident this one is well within my ability.
“People have already been fantastically generous, but I hope some of them will also support me with this initiative.
“Promoting Prostate cancer is vitally important. It is the most common cancer in men. Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer – that's more than 10,000 every year.
“More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that's more than 100 men diagnosed every day.
“This bike ride will help raise Prostate Cancer awareness. That has to be a good thing and if it can raise money to help save lives then so much the better.”
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