Local farmer to cycle 300 miles for charity
PUBLISHED: 11:17 15 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:17 15 July 2016
Jonathan Clarke of Great Canfield is going to take part in GastroCycle to raise money for disease fighting charity
Jonathan Clarke, of Great Canfield, Essex, left the family farm behind on June 16 to take part in GastroCycle, which aims to raise funds for research into fighting diseases of the gut, liver, and pancreas.
The 300-mile cycling event from Newcastle to Liverpool over four days brings together a 30 strong team from across the UK in support of CORE, the charity committed to fighting all diseases that affect the digestive system.
Jonathan says: ‘I’ve been personally affected by the kind of diseases that CORE aim to fight. Seven years ago a close friend of mine died of cancer – it spread throughout his digestive system.’
It’s a little known fact that over 1 in 4 cancer deaths are due to gastrointestinal cancers - one of the many devastating statistics that CORE’s research aims to combat. And yet CORE receives no government funding.
The GastroCycle rides into Liverpool just in time for the British Society of Gastroenterology’s annual science meeting, which opens from June 20-24.