A local dentist is gearing up to complete an epic nine-day cycle ride to help raise thousands of pounds for the charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
Dr Martin Lunn, from North Street Dental Practice in Lewes, is set to begin the challenge from John O’Groats in the far north east of Scotland, before heading south towards the much-anticipated finish line in Land’s End, the most southerly part of England.
The ride, which covers a gruelling route of 874 miles in total, is being organised by Denplan, the UK’s leading dental payment plan specialist, and will be attempted in full by 21 brave cyclists, most of whom are member dentists with Denplan.
It will begin on Saturday, May 10, giving the participants a bare five weeks to continue their training.
Principal dentist Martin said: “I’ve wanted to do this ride for about the last 20 years, since a friend of mine completed it with his fiancé. It’s been waiting patiently on my ‘List of things to do before I turn 50’ and now that my children are older this is the perfect time for me to take on the challenge.”
He continued: “Training has been tough, but my friends and family have been a great support. My oldest son Sam accompanied me to Germany in the February half term, where we cycled along the River Mosel. We completed 208km in two days, enduring sleet, hail and wind. I hope this was good preparation for the challenge in May – though I can safely say I never want to see another snitzel!”
He added: “My patients have been very generous with their sponsorship contributions, meaning that I’m now well on my way towards reaching my sponsorship target of £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Their confidence in me is my motivation; as well as knowing that all the funds we collect will make a big difference to people who are living with cancer. We all know someone who has been affected by cancer, and Macmillan is a brilliant charity that provides vital medical, emotional, practical and financial support to families.”
In Sussex there are currently more than 170 Macmillan health and social care professionals. If you’d like to add to the total raised so far by Martin, please call the practice on 01273 472 248.