Charity champion Derek Gore has given Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital Macmillan Care and Treatment Centre a massive fundraising boost.
During the summer he had a target of raising £5,000 by completing the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride.
But when it came to total up all the sponsorship money and other donations, Mr Gore had banked more than £6,500.
Better known as ‘Kipper’ to family and friends, 54-year-old Mr Gore is owner of DMG Timber Ltd a family-run business on the Pullover Road at Lynn.
He set off from Land’s End with his elder brother Richard and they averaged about 50 miles a day cycling the length of the country taking just under three weeks to reach the tip of Scotland. The actual distance they covered was 1,150 miles.
“I enjoyed it generally but it was the hardest task I had ever encountered in my life – physically and emotionally,” said Mr Gore
“The worst moment came when tackling the two hills between Inverness and Wick which was very hard going. The highlight was the finish line!
“The only thing I suffered from was not my back, as I expected, but the top of my thighs – Devon and Cornwall ripped them apart!
“I would like to thank everyone who gave me money and support.”
Mr Gore and his wife Zoe have had family members affected by cancer – he lost his 47-year-old mother to the illness when he was just eight – and for many years they have been raising money for the QEH centre.
They have held successful Motown nights and to date these have raised in excess of £8,000.
The long-distance cycle ride came about when he was encouraged by his brother, a keen cyclist who had completed the challenge on two previous occasions.
Mr Gore trained hard for a year, getting out and about on his bike for rides between 30 and 80 miles twice a week, and that all paid off by reaching the finish line and then banking the money for the hospital.
The fundraising page is still open(JustGiving): www.justgiving.com/qehkl-DerekGore