Sellafield workers get on their bike for special causes

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Cycling for charity

A group of Sellafield Ltd employees recently cycled from York Minster to Whitehaven in West Cumbria to raise money for a very special ’bucket list’.

Mel Smye, who has battled breast cancer for the past five years, was recently hit with the devastating news that it had spread to her spine. This prompted her 11-year-old daughter Kate to make a “bucket list” of dreams that she wants to fulfil with her mum and 15-year-old brother.

In support of Kate’s bucket list and to raise funds to support the oncology services at the North Cumbria University Hospitals, Mel’s brothers Stephen and Calvin, along with friends Paul Martin, Andrew Glover and Robert Bailey, embarked on the 150-mile gruelling cycle ride.

Robert said: “Cancer is something that has affected all of us in some way. We wanted to show our support to Mel and her family and also to the local hospitals who look after people suffering from this disease.

“We cycled from York Minster to Whitehaven harbour – ‘York’t’ Yam’.

“Once we entered Cumbria the heavens opened and continued to keep us very wet for the next 50 miles! We were happy though to have completed the ride – 149.52 miles and 8349 feet of ascent, in ten hours, two minutes and 58 seconds.”

Mel said: “I’m fully aware there are a lot of other people out there in my situation. It’s very overwhelming and I’m very humbled by everything that’s been done.”

The bucket list includes seeing  a London show, a family trip to Disneyland and a girly shopping trip to Glasgow– to create good memories that will be cherished forever.

Robert added: “We’d like to thank everyone for their support and generous donations.  We also must thank our support drivers David Sharp and Amanda Bailey for their encouragement. Facebook pages have been set up for both ‘Kate’s Bucket List’ and ‘Yam’t’York’ with more information if you’d like to support our cycle ride for Mel and fellow cancer sufferers. “