Siblings prepare to cycle coast to coast in memory of their sister

Four brothers are preparing to cycle the Coast to Coast in memory of their sister Michelle, who lost her life to cervical cancer last year, after being diagnosed at just 47 years old.

Lead Planner Paul Rowland Copy

26 Jun 2019

Paul Rowland, who works as a lead planner for Thirteen will be cycling the 155 miles Coast to Coast from Whitehaven to Seaton Carew over three days, from 24 to 26 August with his three brothers – Craig, Chris and Gary.

They’ll be supported along the way by family members and friends, as they raise money for Teesside Hospice, who cared for Michelle during her final days.

Today (26 June) marks a very special day for the family – Michelle’s birthday. Paul said: “Our sister was the bravest, happiest, go-lucky person who lived for her children and grandchildren. “For two and a half years Michelle fought cancer. During her final time with us we continued to capture some amazing memories together as a family.

“Teesside Hospice gave the best possible care to Michelle. The work they do is so important, and we want to give something back to say thank you for the care and support they gave us all as a family, which we are all still incredibly thankful for.

“We talked about doing something to both raise awareness and funds for the hospice. The Coast to Coast is going to be a challenge for us with a real purpose.

“We’re all training hard and while I’d started cycling to make changes to my lifestyle some time ago, losing our much-loved sister is pushing us all to do something so worthwhile, and I know she would be proud of us all.”

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