Doctor gets on his bike in France for cancer charity

Climb Every Mountain for 'Friends' participant David Stewart from Derry , with his wife and fellow cyclist, Mairead (from Letterkenny) at the Castorelli Memorial at which they took a break.
Climb Every Mountain for 'Friends' participant David Stewart from Derry , with his wife and fellow cyclist, Mairead (from Letterkenny) at the Castorelli Memorial at which they took a break.

Derry man David Stewart, who is a Clinical Oncologist in Belfast City Hospital, was one of a group of 18 people who recently completed the gruelling Climb Every Mountain Cancer Cycle in aid of Friends of the Cancer Centre.

It was a seven day coast-to-coast cycle across the Pyrenees, climbing some of the highest mountains of the celebrated Tour de France, by a group which largely consisted of doctors, nurses, physicists, patients and friends.

David’s wife Mairead Stewart, who is from Letterkenny, was also part of the cycling group.

All of the riders made it safely to the finishing post at St Jean de Luz and complete the week’s challenge with a dip of their feet in the Atlantic Ocean.

They have already raised over £20,000 and funds are still filtering in. Anyone who would like to make a donation – large or small - can do so by calling Friends of the Cancer on 028 9069 9393, or online at www.justgiving.com/climbeverymountaincancercycle.

The Cancer Centre is Northern Ireland’s regional centre of excellence in cancer care.

As the centre’s charity, ‘Friends’ makes a real and meaningful difference to the lives of thousands of cancer patients and their families across Northern Ireland.

It provides funding for the latest medical equipment to help with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, funds specialist medical posts, and improves the quality of life for cancer patients through a range of complementary therapies.

Helping hand

Friends’ funding is always directed towards projects and services which are outside and in addition to the provision already made by the Health Service, responding to needs highlighted by the Cancer Centre’s expert medical staff.

The group would like to sincerely thank all of their supporters who gave them encouragment and have donated money to the Friends of the Cancer Centre.

They also thank Nathan and Alan, our tour co-ordinators from Marmot tour, and are extremely grateful to Greg and Gregory Hanna, who drove the bikes out to France and accompanied the riders on the tour in the van, sponsored and insured by Mourne Windows and Doors.

The group have been over-whelmed by the scale by the interest shown in the tour and by the amount of money raised to date.

The funds will greatly help their work in providing cutting-edge Cancer Care and Research for patients of the Cancer Centre.

All agreed that the trip had lived up to, and indeed exceeded, all expectations.