THE daughter and grandson of a woman who died from cancer have set themselves the challenge of cycling 100 miles to say a heartfelt, but gruelling thank you to the hospice who nursed her through her final days.
Tracey Harrison and her 16-year-old son Bradley, a student at Samuel Ward Academy, will be joined by Mrs Harrison’s work colleague, Majella Falconio, in undertaking the two wheeled epic on Sunday to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice Care.
The hospice cared for Mrs Harrison’s mum, Jean Mansfield, in the final two days of her life until she died from ovarian cancer at her home in Mill Lane, Hundon on April 4, 2011. She was 69.
The trio will depart for Mrs Harrison’s home in Robin Close, Haverhill at 6am on Sunday before heading off on a route that takes in numerous villages, including Finchingfield, Castle Camps, Clare, Hundon, Kedington and Dullingham.
They then plan to reach Newmarket before turning round to head back and complete their journey at their original departure point.
Mrs Harrison, 46 who works with Mrs Falconio, 44, at Little Raindrops Pre-School, in Haverhill, said: “It’s all in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care who were so kind when mum passed away.
“I just wanted to repay them for what they did. We just wouldn’t have managed without them. It’s nice for people to know that although she wasn’t in the hospice they still do stuff for people at home.”
Mrs Mansfield was only diagnosed at Christmas 2010, by which time it was too late to save her and she died less than four months later.
Aerocycles Haverhill, in Falconer Road, for whom Bradley competes in mountain bike racing, have loaned a bike to Mrs Falconio - who has put her usual marathon-running exploits on hold to train for the cycling instead.
Mrs Harrison, who also has a 13-year-old daughter, Elesha, said: “They came up with the route and let us put lots of sponsor forms up there. They have been very kind.”
Mrs Falconio suggested the charity ride, as her friend explained: “Because I work at Little Raindrops with Majella, we used to do a 30 mile cycle ride every summer just to raise money for the children and this year we doubled it up and she said, why don’t we push it up to 100 miles, so we decided to raise it for charity and chose the hospice.
“It will be quite an emotional bike ride. We will be in tears at the end but it will drive us on to complete it.”
To sponsor the trio, go to www.justgiving.com/majellafalconio.