John saddles up for bike mission

John Saddington
John Saddington
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A Fylde man has helped raise hundreds of pounds for a national hospital charity by cycling from Manchester to Blackpool.

John Saddington, of Lytham, completed the 100km ride for the Christie Charitable fund as part of the charity ride in July.

John, 61, a senior project manager for United Utilities, raised £250 which was then match-funded by the water company.

The Christie charity provides enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds, with its supporters raising more than £15m last year.

John said: “Christie is a fantastic charity and they need all the support they can get in finding cures and treating people.

“I received fantastic support from my work colleagues, family and knowing my company was match-funding my donation gave me a strong incentive to complete the ride.

“It was difficult at times, especially as the wind was against us all the way, but it was unbelievable to see so many people taking to the road on their bikes to raise money.”

His fund-raising follows his own personal battle with cancer.

More than 30 years ago he survived Hodgkin’s cancer.

Hodgkin lymphoma is an uncommon cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout your body.

After treatment John was given the all clear and since taking up cycling five years ago has ridden in several charity bike rides.

To keep fit he cycles a 14-mile round route to Blackpool Tower more than four times a week and plans to do more charity bike rides in the future.

A United Utilities spokesman said: “United Utilities has a matched-funding scheme which is designed to boost the funds that its employees raise for charities. They can claim up to £250 to match what they raise for a cause close to their heart. We were pleased to help John.”