Falmouth man returns from epic round Britain fundraising cycle

Falmouth man returns from epic round Britain fundraising cycle

Falmouth man returns from epic round Britain fundraising cycle

First published in News

The husband of the founder of Falmouth's 'Pink Wiggers' has returned from an epic round Britain fundraising bike ride, during which he visited all of the search and rescue bases.

A delegation from the Falmouth charity fundraising group cheered Colin Hicks home as he completed a 2,500 mile cycle ride which took him around the coast, raising £5,000 along the way.

Mr Hicks, a former Royal Navy search and rescue aircrewman, had started his epic bike ride from his former base at RNAS Culdrose and ended his challenge there on Monday, five weeks later.

He was greeted by his wife Sally, who founded Pink Wig Events with some of her friends during her battle against stage three HER2 positive breast cancer in 2009.

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Through a variety of fun events, the group has raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Breast Cancer Campaign and the Cornwall Breast Care Team. Last year along they raised £20,000.

Earlier this year Colin set himself the challenge of cycling to all teh search and rescue bases in the country, a journey which took his as far north as the Shetland Islands and Outer Hebrides.

Also on hand to welcome him back to Culdrose were a group of Pink Wiggers and former colleagues from the SAR community.

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Colin, who lives in Falmouth and now works for civilian search and rescue company Bond Offshore, said: “I hope by doing this I’ve raised awareness of breast cancer and thousands of pounds as well.

“My wife Sally and all the other ladies who’ve gone through it are the true inspiration for me. My hat goes off, not for what I’ve done but for their courage. The support from the squadron and this reception is unbelievable. I only got on my bike and cycled 80 miles a day, the organising of the event by others was the hardest bit. It’s been epic and I'd do it all again in a heartbeat.”

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