Pedal power in brother’s memory

Left to right: Richard Bradley with father Kevin Bradley and cousin David Bradley at the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride 2011
Left to right: Richard Bradley with father Kevin Bradley and cousin David Bradley at the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride 2011

A TEENAGER inspired by his brother’s cancer battle has turned to pedal power to make him proud.

Christopher Curwen was just 23 when he lost his fight against the disease in September.

Christopher Curwen

Christopher Curwen

And Richard Bradley, from Preesall, turned to his bike to raise cash in his older brother’s memory.

The 15-year-old joined thousands of others on the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride, fundraising for the Young Oncology Unit and The Christie cancer centre, where Christopher was treated.

The ride covers a distance of almost 60 miles and many riders were relieved to see Blackpool Tower loom into view towards the end of the trek.

Richard said: “This year’s ride was particularly difficult as my brother died less than a year ago, but I was determined to enjoy it for him.

“It was great seeing so many cyclists wearing their Christie T-shirts with pride and I’m thrilled that so many of my friends and family sponsored me – I hope Christopher will be very proud.”

It was the third time the teenager had tackled the testing route from Old Trafford to the Promenade and, with friends, and he has so far raised more than £5,000.

Marco Giannini, sporting events officer at The Christie charity, said he was delighted by the level of support for the charity, and the brilliant endeavours of the fund-raisers who raised as much cash as possible.

Marco said: “We’re thrilled Richard has taken part in three Manchester to Blackpool bike rides for our charity and we always appreciate his fantastic fundraising efforts. The whole thing has been brilliant.”

Registration for the 2012 ride will open early next year.

The Christie is the largest cancer centre in Europe, treating more than 40,000 patients a year.

It was the first UK centre to be officially accredited as a comprehensive cancer centre.

Based in Manchester, the centre serves a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 25 per cent patients are referred there from other parts of the country.

A large number of patients from Fleetwood and the rest of the Fylde coast have been treated at Christie.

The centre’s annual turnover is £180 million and they have 2,500 staff, 400 volunteers and 20,000 public members.

Fund-raising events, like the Manchester to Blackpool ride, are a key source of income.

The centre provides:

- Radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world, both on the main site in south Manchester and via The Christie radiotherapy centres in Oldham and Salford

- Chemotherapy in the largest chemotherapy unit in the UK on our main site, with 17 per cent provided locally via other hospitals as well as offering breast cancer drug Herceptin at home

- Highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer

- A wide range of support and diagnostic services

Christie is also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years.