AN energetic 21-year-old pedalled his way to raising £1,600 for charity after his dad battled with cancer.
Jordon Burton, of Marsden Mews, Hemsworth, cycled nearly 200 miles from west coast to east coast to raise money for a London hospital that specialises in cancer research.
He decided to take on the challenge after his dad, Stewart Burton, 59, was told he had bowel cancer last February. After several major operations he was given the all clear in September.
It took Mr Burton junior three and a half days to pedal from St Bee’s, in Cumbria, to Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire. He was joined by his two friends, Mark Turner and Dave Whithim. They finished the journey on April 1 – Mr Burton senior’s 59th birthday.
The trek was something Mr Burton and his father had wanted to do together before the cancer diagnosis.
Jordon said: “It was something me and my dad wanted to do so I decided to do it for the both of us.
“Knowing we were raising that much money was a really big push for us on the ride. It was what helped us stay us motivated to keep going.”
The trio donated all the money to St Mark’s Hospital in London, where a family member was treated for bowel cancer several years ago.
Stewart said: “I am just so proud of what they have achieved. There are some big hills on that trek and I think it’s fantastic.
“It really chokes me up to think how much effort they put into it.”
Mr Burton said being in the army for six years had made him tough but that nothing could not have prepared him for the devastating news of being told he had cancer.
He said: “It was terrible, the worst moment of my life.
“When I was told I had cancer I never thought I would see another birthday so that just made it even more poignant when they finished the journey on my birthday.
“It made it so much more special.
“My wife and family have been so supportive and I can not thank them enough.”
The father and son duo hope to be able to complete the same journey together next year when Mr Burton senior is fully fit.