Napton woman is cycling equivalent distance of John O'Groats to Land's End to raise money in memory of people close to her heart

Katie Line.Katie Line.
Katie Line.
A Napton woman is cycling the equivalent distance from John O'Groats to Land's End in a 'virtual challenge' to raise money for The Myton Hospices.

By cycling routes during lockdown and after the easing of restrictions Katie Line, who is the finance director at Helicentre Centre Aviation Ltd has managed to cover more than 621 miles of the 874-mile distance.

She has taken on the challenge in memory of her sister-in-law Kate Blencowe and friends Alan Young and Karl Crowther who both died of cancer in the past two years.

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The Myton Hospices played a big part in Alan and Kate's lives while Karl chose instead to spend his final days at home.

Kate BlencoweKate Blencowe
Kate Blencowe

Karl was not treated at a Myton Hospice, choosing instead to spend his final days at his home with his loved ones, so Katie is raising funds for Cancer Research in his memory.

Katie said: " Karl was an amazing man, a brilliant husband, son and father.

"He was a great friend who fought his battle with a dignity that will never be forgotten.

"Rest well Karl, we will never forget you.

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Karl Crowther.Karl Crowther.
Karl Crowther.

"Alan and Kate will never be forgotten and this ride is to raise funds to honour the people that they were.

"The world will always be a better place for having them with us, albeit for too short a time.

"Rest well, you remain in our hearts forever."

Shehbaz Pathan, a colleague of Katie's, said: "Katie would like to raise as much money as possible for both Myton Hospice and Cancer Research as a thank you for the amazing work these organisations do to support and help families living with Cancer.

Alan Young with his family.Alan Young with his family.
Alan Young with his family.

"It's about the services that Myton Hospices provide for people whose fight is almost over, to allow them to pass with dignity and without pain surrounded by those who love them. It is about the families that are left behind always knowing that Myton is a part of their 'New Normal' and friends for life.

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"It is about the charities such as Cancer Research whose development into the cure of cancer is a vital part of our society and the priceless support they provide for families.

"For Katie, this challenge is as much for the families and friends that loved and supported Alan, Karl and Kate and to remind them, they are not alone. With every push on the pedal for all the miles left to complete, they will never be forgotten.

"During this outbreak, their ability to fundraise has reduced massively! Organisations like these need our support more than ever! Please donate what you can, and share where possible. Katie promises to keep cycling until the very end.

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