London cycle in memory of my sister ...

David in training on his bike
David in training on his bike

A FORMER Kirkcaldy man is preparing to cycle the 488 miles ‘home’ in memory of his sister.

David Denholm’s sister Jacqueline passed away 10 years ago, aged 28, after suffering from leukaemia.

And to mark the anniversary, the 36-year-old will cycle from London, where he now lives with his wife Rana, to Kirkcaldy from May 4 to 6.

He’s taken on the challenge to raise money for, and awareness of, the Anthony Nolan Trust.

David will join a group of other fundraising riders on the journey from London to Edinburgh, but from there he’s all on his own for the last leg.

Training

He told the Press: “I started training in January, but before that I hadn’t really been on a bike since I was 15.

There’s some guys doing the London to Edinburgh bike ride, so I’m going to do it with them, but I’m going to keep going.

“It was in my mind that’s what I should do.

“I’m cycling home, that’s where people know me and where they knew Jacqueline.

“It’s probably never been done before, London to Kirkcaldy.”

For David the whole journey will be a challenge, but one he’s keen to do to raise as much money for the charity, and awareness of the cause.

Although he said the distance is a little daunting.

“I’ve never cycled that far before,” he continued.

“I think most people haven’t.

“It is very far and it is, generally speaking, further than the professionals will ride in a day. It’s going to take all the daylight hours plus more to complete it.”

Match

Jacqueline had been diagnosed with leukaemia when she was pregnant in 1996 and a year after diagnosis, following the birth of her daughter, she was given a bone marrow transplant.

David was a match and the transplant was a success.

Sadly she was diagnosed with another form of blood cancer in 2002 and she lost her battle to the illness in February 2003.

From the first time she was diagnosed until a few months before she died, Jacqueline worked tirelessly to raise awareness and money for Anthony Nolan.

David added: “We all received a great deal of support from Anthony Nolan and hope we can help others receive the same.”

To support David’s cycle visit www.justgiving.com/denholmsengland