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Halesworth shop worker to bike 300 miles in sister's memory




A Suffolk shop worker is saddling up for a challenge next month to raise vital funds for a cancer charity.

Mark Punchard, who works at Central England Co-op’s Halesworth Food Store is aiming to bike 300 miles over September in memory of his sister Sadie, who died in January aged 52.

Mark, aged 60, was inspired by the Covid-19 lockdown to get healthier, particularly as he was in the vulnerable category for the virus and was forced to shield.

Mark Punchard, who works at Central England Co-op's Halesworth Food Store, is aiming to bike 300 miles in September in memory of his sister. Picture: Submitted. (41037855)
Mark Punchard, who works at Central England Co-op's Halesworth Food Store, is aiming to bike 300 miles in September in memory of his sister. Picture: Submitted. (41037855)

Determined to return to work with improved fitness once restrictions were lifted, he decided to try cycling and started small, at first pedalling under a mile each day.

Mark said: “I now cycle between 10 and fifteen miles each day, which is a big achievement considering my age and health.

"I read about the Cancer Research UK Cycle 300 challenge and decided to raise money in memory of my sister to help other people suffering from this dreadful disease.”

To support Mark and help raise funds for the cause, click here .

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