THE Chris Rand Fan Club used pedal power to fuel a fundraiser that will help buy key medical equipment.
Father of two Chris, from Fulwood, Preston, died aged 35 in December 2013, after a six-month battle with kidney cancer.
And more than 70 members of the fan club – set up as a tribute by his family, friends and neighbours – turned out to cycle the 21-mile Guild Wheel in Preston last weekend and raised £7,078 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.
The group aimed to raise £2,014 but more than trebled that total and fan club member Debra Newhouse revealed the money will go towards an essential piece of kit at the cancer trust.
She said: “The money raised will buy an intercom system for two of the radiotherapy machines.
“New techniques have come into play where doctors and technicians now often have to communicate with patients whilst they are having their treatment on the machines.
“And as no-one can be in the room whilst the radiotherapy is being applied, the intercom facility will really help.”
Chris’s parents, twin, wife Nicola Rand, seven-year-old son Joshua and five-year-old daughter Isobel all took part in the bike ride.
Nicola said: “Rosemere were so good to Chris; they looked after him and went the extra mile.
“We are pleased we could raise money whilst doing something active in memory of Chris.
“He never got to ride the Guild Wheel but he was hoping to cycle the route with our son. It is great to see so many people paying tribute to Chris.”
If you wish to donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/CRFC-does-guild-wheel-2014