A MOTHER whose son was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer has raised nearly £40,000 for charity after completing a tandem cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Suzy Cramb, 52, teamed up with friend Debbie Edge, 51, for the gruelling 1,050-mile challenge to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) and the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.
The duo, who trained for six months in preparation for the fundraiser, dressed up in tutus and organised charity events along the way as they were cheered on by about 70 family and friends.
For Mrs Cramb, from Wolsingham, County Durham, the challenge was especially poignant as she witnessed the valuable work of both charities first-hand when her eldest son was diagnosed with osteosarcoma aged 18.
The teenager spent months in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle where he underwent aggressive chemotherapy treatment.
Thanks to TCT, Mrs Cramb and her husband, former international rugby player Richard Cramb, were able to stay with their son, who has now completed his treatment and is at university.
Mrs Cramb, a physiotherapist, said the event was a way to give something back to the charities and inspire others to set themselves a challenge.
She said: “We had lots of family and friends joining us along the way so it was a real party atmosphere with everyone enjoying it.
“We were struck by the amazing generosity of the British people as we collected lots of money along the way and have already raised £38,000.”
Mrs Cramb said the hardest leg was combatting the steep hills at the Lecht Ski Resort in Scotland while climbing nine-and-a-half thousand feet in Devon also proved tough.
But the duo were kept going to complete about 80 miles every day by the “very generous” women of Weardale, who donated dozens of baked treats for them.
“We were inundated with cake and had a lot of tea stops – I have not lost a pound,” Mrs Cramb joked.
The pair took 13 days to complete the challenge after setting off on June 7 and Mrs Cramb admitted she did not want it to end but said she would not be jumping back in the tandem saddle again any time soon.
She said: “If I’m honest we had delaying tactics and added another ten miles on the end because we were having such a nice time.”
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