Long Melford man set to stage community cycling fundraiser inspired by family's cancer battles
A Long Melford businessman, who lost his mother to cancer, is hosting a community event to raise vital funds for a charity close to his heart.
Stuart Poole is inviting people to take part in a return cycle ride from Long Melford to Sudbury on Sunday, with all donations going to Cancer Research UK.
“With the current situation, cancer charities haven’t been receiving a lot of money,” said the 54-year-old. “So I wanted to do something worthwhile.”
Having gone through the torment of seeing both his parents suffer from cancer, Mr Poole was keen to raise awareness about the disease.
His mother, Gill, who lived in Long Melford, was 68 when she lost her battle with stomach cancer, while his father, Bryan, is currently receiving treatment for prostate cancer and bladder cancer. The 87-year-old receives regular sessions of treatment to combat the disease.
“It takes around two weeks to settle down afterwards,” said Mr Poole, whose father worked as an estate agent at Percival and Company in Cornard Road, Sudbury, for 50 years.
While raising his three children in Long Melford, Bryan Poole helped to establish both the village’s community council and the Big Night Out fireworks event, which has gone on to raise tens of thousands of pounds for good causes.
“Throughout his life, he has been a man of the village,” added his son, of Swanfield Road.
Cyclists will set off from The Old School Community Centre car park in Long Melford on Sunday at 11.30am.
They will ride to the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury, before returning to the village.