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Diss dad raises more than £2,000 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices after riding from Wales to Lowestoft in memory of son, Callum Doe

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A bereaved dad from Diss has raised more than £2,000 after taking on an eye-watering 400-mile bike ride from Wales to Lowestoft.

Ian Doe completed the gruelling ‘West to East’ challenge to raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), which cared for son Callum after he was diagnosed with an aggressive grade four brain tumour on Christmas Eve 2018.

The 13-year-old had an operation to remove as much of it as safely possible, in addition to two rounds of radiotherapy, but died at The Nook, EACH’s hospice in Framingham Earl, in August 2020.

Ian Doe (right) with his son, Callum. Picture: EACH (56642532)
Ian Doe (right) with his son, Callum. Picture: EACH (56642532)

Mr Doe, 51, decided he wanted to give something back and so, as part of a group of nine embarked on an epic four-day journey from St David’s, in Wales, to Ness Point.

“It was an incredible experience,” said Mr Doe, of Wilbye Avenue.

“Ironically, the first day was probably the hardest, even though we did the fewest miles. There were a lot of hills and it certainly got the legs pumping.

Ian Doe at the finish line at Ness Point. Picture: EACH (57420974)
Ian Doe at the finish line at Ness Point. Picture: EACH (57420974)

“That said, what goes up must come down so the flip side was being able to freewheel and get some speed up on the descents.

“Thankfully, we had a tailwind the whole way, which was a bonus, and passed through some lovely places.”

Mr Doe’s journey began in St David’s, Pembrokeshire, on May 24. After a hilly start, the group cycled 104 miles on the second day, 103 on day three and 109 during the final stretch across East Anglia.

Their overnight stops were in the Carmarthenshire town of Llandovery, Evesham, in Worcestershire, and St Neots, in Cambridgeshire, before arriving in Lowestoft on May 28.

To donate to Mr Doe's fundraiser, click here.

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