Cancer sufferer gets in the saddle to support St Catherine’s hospice

RIDER: Mick Smith, 50, with members of his friends and family ready for the bike ride
RIDER: Mick Smith, 50, with members of his friends and family ready for the bike ride
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A cyclist battling cancer will take part in St Catherine’s Hospice’s first ever Big Bike Ride this weekend.

Mick Smith, 50, from Lea, Preston was diagnosed with colon, bowel, liver and lung cancer in September last year but is not letting his condition hold him back.

The father-of-three who has stage four cancer, said: “The doctors and nurses at St Catherine’s Hospice were amazing and they treated me like a human being.

“Doctors told me I had six months to live but I’m still here today and I’ve had no side effects to the chemotherapy.

“I can’t thank the hospice enough for the advice and support they provided me with after I found out I had been diagnosed.”

The Big Bike Ride takes place on Sunday when riders have a choice of cycling two routes – a 50-mile ride through the Fylde and Wyre Valley, or a fun ‘for all’ 20-mile loop around the Guild Wheel.

Mick said training for and taking part in the event was just one element of the positive approach he has had towards life since being diagnosed.

The former joiner added: “Cancer isn’t about dying, it’s about living.

“After being diagnosed, I decided never to smoke or drink again and I think it’s part of what has kept me alive.”

Funds raised from the event, which starts at Preston Grasshoppers, will help the hospice in Lostock Hall continue to provide their specialised care to people who are living with conditions that can be treated but not cured.

To register or for more information about the routes call the Fundraising Department on 01772 629171.

Registration is £20 for those aged 18 and over and £10 for 17s and under. Riders are also asked to raise as much money as possible in sponsorship. Registrations also welcome on the day.

Sutcliffe Cycles in Ribbleton Avenue, Preston, is sponsoring the event.

Peter Smith owner of Buy a Bike, Charnock Richard, Chorley has donated a bike to Mick for the ride.