A cancer patient is about to embark on a gruelling coast-to-coast bike ride, to raise funds for the specialist centre which is treating him.
Former soldier Barry Armstrong will set off from Whitehaven in Cumbria at 9am on August 11, accompanied by six close friends, heading cross-country for his home village of Craster, which they hope to reach by 3pm the next day.
The 35-year-old is currently undergoing a two-year course of chemotherapy at the Sir Bobby Robson Centre at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, after being diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer last July.
It’s the second time Barry has fought cancer – when he was 23, the disease cut short his Army career with the First Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
“I’m being treated at the Bobby Robson Centre and it’s a massive difference to the first time I had cancer,” said Barry, who is married to Ruth and has a nine-year-old daughter, Victoria. “I just wanted to give something back.
“I had to get clearance from the consultant to do the bike ride, because the chemo really knocks you back. I’ll also have the lads, who are very close friends, with me.
“I’d really like to thank Breeze Bikes in Amble for all their help, donating jerseys and sorting out all our cycles. They have been fantastic.”
You can visit www.justgiv ing.com/barry-armstrong to donate.