A courageous council worker has raised £2,500 by completing an epic cycle ride just months after two major operations to treat cancer.
Peter Gaimster, operational housing manager at Eastbourne Borough Council, was diagnosed with a sarcoma in his leg last November and underwent surgery twice the following month.
It was during his recovery period that he discovered a cyclist who had entered the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 event in aid of St Michael’s Hospice had to pull out because of a broken leg. Instinctively, he decided to take his place – even though he didn’t own a bicycle at that time.
Peter bought a bike and began training for the 100-mile challenge but before arriving at the start line on August 10, the longest he had pedalled for was half that distance.
To add to his pre-event nerves, it was the weekend the tail end of Hurricane Bertha struck and the forecast was so poor that organisers decided to cut out part of the route because of safety fears, reducing the distance to 86 miles.
The weather predictions proved accurate and Peter had to cycle through high winds and pelting rain to complete the course but managed an impressive time of five hours seven minutes.
“The weather was absolutely awful and the rain was beyond torrential at times with the sky overhead totally black, but it was a great personal achievement for me,” said Peter, who has already registered for next year’s event. “I would like to say a big thank you to all those who have been so generous with their donations to such a worthwhile cause.”
To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Peter-Gaimster/ to make a donation.
To find out more information about the charity for which Peter is raising money, visit www.st-michaels-hospice.org.uk.