Cancer survivor postie sets off on special round

Dorset Echo: CYCLE STARS: Tom Pattinson-Smith and Ros Fry, back centre, are cycling for charity pictured with  Rotary Club members Debbie Dunford, left, and Lar Smits CYCLE STARS: Tom Pattinson-Smith and Ros Fry, back centre, are cycling for charity pictured with Rotary Club members Debbie Dunford, left, and Lar Smits

A postie is going the extra mile – or 50 – on a special round after surviving cancer.

Tom Pattinson-Smith will be tackling the Rotary Dorset Bike Ride with his four young children in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The 37-year-old will be riding on a 50-mile challenge around Lulworth Cove and Purbeck on Sunday, September 23.

Tom, of Victoria Grove, Bridport, was diagnosed with peripheral t-cell lymphoma two years ago, It is a type of cancer which affects immune cells known as T-cells and makes them grow out of control.

He has since successfully taken part in mountain bike endurance rides.

Tom said: “Having survived cancer, I wanted to do my bit to raise money for research into cancer.”

As well as the 50 miles, there are 20 and 10-mile routes. The sponsored ride, organised by Wareham Rotary Club, is aiming to raise £10,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Ros Fry, Cancer Research UK’s area volunteer manager for Dorset, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Tom has decided to attempt such a great challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

“He and his friends are doing lots of preparation and we’re sure they’re going to have an amazing experience. “We can’t thank them enough for all their support and want to wish them all the very best on the day.”

To enrol on the Rotary Dorset Bike ride visit warehamrotary.co.uk/bikeride

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