Lancashire GP cycles for cancer cure

PEDAL POWER: Dr Brendon Smith with his bike

PEDAL POWER: Dr Brendon Smith with his bike

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A doctor from Penwortham is preparing to get in the saddle for a charity ride close to his heart.

Dr Brendon Smith, who grew up in Queensway, is taking part in the RideLondon-Surrey 100 sportive on August 2, a 100 mile cycle ride through the Surrey countryside and the streets of London.

I was a GP in Timperley, Cheshire for over 27 years and during that time, I cared for several children with cancer.

Dr Brendon Smith

Together with son Daniel, he will be raising money for Children with Cancer UK, after being touched by the battle of a young patient.

The 59-year-old said: “I was a GP in Timperley, Cheshire for over 27 years and during that time, I cared for several children with cancer.

“I diagnosed a three-year-old with leukaemia and thanks to research and treatment he has grown into a healthy 17-year-old.

“That is the reason I am doing this because research saves lives. The way the children fought their cancer along with the support of their family and friends, was a very humbling experience indeed.

“Cancer can affect any age but to be diagnosed at such a young age has a devastating effect not only on the child, but on their family and friends.

Dr Smith, who has also worked with children with cancer at the former Royal Preston Infirmary and now works at Bridgewater Hospital in Manchester as a medical examiner, is including the ride in a series of personal challenges before his 60th birthday.

He added: “It’s a great way of keeping fit, losing weight and enjoying the countryside.

“Cycling provides excellent aerobic exercise and provides non-weight bearing exercise for the hips and knees.”

Sponsor the bike ride at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/BrenDanUnited