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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino writes letter to Craig Sawyer ahead of Tour de Trigger fund-raising ride to White Hart Lane




An Elmswell man fighting pancreatic cancer and cystic fibrosis was warmed by a surprise letter from Tottenham Hotspur’s manager ahead of a fund-raising cycle ride to their stadium and back in his honour.

On September 21, six friends and the brother of Craig Sawyer, 34, affectionately known as ‘Trigger’ will embark on a 150-mile-plus cycle ride from Beyton’s White Horse public house to White Hart Lane in north London and back, over the course of two days.

They have now raised a staggering £6,000 (£7,300 with Gift Aid) from personal donations to their fund-raising page, to be equally split between Pancreatic Cancer UK and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Craig Sawyer (front) pictured on his wedding day in 2016 with four of the Tour de Trigger cyclists to his right: (from left) Russell Claydon, Ollie Brown and Philip Mole. Also pictured is the ride’s support team of Andy Tucker (far left) and his father Gary Picture: Nicks Pics Photography (15247479)
Craig Sawyer (front) pictured on his wedding day in 2016 with four of the Tour de Trigger cyclists to his right: (from left) Russell Claydon, Ollie Brown and Philip Mole. Also pictured is the ride’s support team of Andy Tucker (far left) and his father Gary Picture: Nicks Pics Photography (15247479)

The letter from Mauricio Pochettino was hand-signed in ink and read: “I should like to take this opportunity to send you my best wishes on behalf of all of the staff and players at the club. We hope that you are managing to keep your spirits up and want you to know that we are all behind you!”

Craig is a Spurs season ticket holder who is a partner in the Stanton-based family business Anglia Stainless and along with wife Alison has been overwhelmed by all the support.

The Free Press’ sports editor Russell Claydon, former Thurston Community College teacher Will Bauly, Ollie Brown, George Martin, Philip Mole, James Mould and brother Mitchell Sawyer will all be donning the lycra. They will head off from Beyton White Horse at 8.30am on the Saturday morning (September 21) and invite well wishers to see them off, as well as their return to the pub on Sunday evening (approximately 6pm).

* Donations can be made via the team's Virgin Money Giving fund-raising page and the team will be holding a collection at Bury Town’s home derby with AFC Sudbury on Tuesday evening.