Horam husband cycles 1,000 miles in memory of his wife

A DEVOTED husband is cycling 1,000 miles in memory of his wife who passed away last year.

Gary Sherwood, who owns a shop in Horam, and lives in Ringmer, along with his nephew Lee Szabo from Windmill Hill, will cycle from the south of France to the north of the country at the end of the month.

Undeterred by Tour de France endurance tests, they estimate the 1,000 mile journey should take them about two weeks and involves travelling first of all down to a camp site in Argeles-Sur-Mer, called Le Dauphin. That’s where Gary and his two children, Sarah Jenkin and Simon Sherwood, enjoyed many happy family holidays, with their mum Jane.

Sadly Jane died in March last year at the age of 55, at St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Eastbourne, which is the charity supported by the pair. They will travel to France on Saturday May 21 and start the cycle challenge on Monday May 23.

Gary’s proud daughter Sarah said: “They chose these dates as my mother’s birthday is May 31 and they hope to be nearing the end of their trip by then.

“They are currently undergoing rigorous training covering roughly 200 miles every week in all weathers. However, this time last year neither of them had barely even picked up a bike and I don’t actually think either of them had even owned one.”

St Wilfrid’s Hospice is a local charity providing skilled and compassionate care and treatment for all patients with complex needs as they near the end of life.

To sponsor Gary and Leo visit http://www.justgiving.com/garysherwood