Dad’s scaling dizzy heights for charity

Ian Palmer from swanwick. Charity bike ride for Marie Curie.

Ian Palmer from swanwick. Charity bike ride for Marie Curie.

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A Swanwick man is hoping to raise hundreds for Marie Curie Cancer Care by tackling a 69 mile cycling adventure,

Dad-of-one Ian Palmer of Lavender Avenue, Swanwick, is set to take on the charity’s yearly Etape Mercia event, scaling the roads around County Cheshire and a total 1,000 metres of ascent on Sunday, August 18.

The event sees more than 400 riders complete the route starting and finishing at Oulton Park racing circuit.

Ian, 57, married to Kim, says he is raising the funds in memory of his mum, Shirley Palmer, who died following a cancer battle. He said: “I lost my mum two years ago and my wife’s dad George had a stroke and died a few years ago too. There are lots of people we know who have had this wonderful care from people like Marie Curie. I just thought, I’m cycling every week anyway - why not put it to a good cause.”

Ian, a service manager at Chris W Roads garage in Langley Mill , has already raised £400. You can sponsor him by calling him on 01773 279140, or emailing ianpalmer1956@gmail.com.