A BIG-HEARTED biker is preparing for a gruelling charity challenge in memory of his beloved father-in-law.
Gary Kinghorn, is taking part in the 140-mile coast-to-coast cycle ride from Whitehaven to South Shields this weekend.
The super-fit 50-year-old, from East View in Boldon Colliery, is getting on his bike to raise vital cash for the fight against cancer.
Mr Kinghorn’s father-in-law, Albert Stanton, a dad-of-three from Jarrow, lost a long battle with prostate cancer in March of this year.
But family members were eager to pay tribute to their loved one – and thank the dedicated team from Macmillan Cancer Support who cared for him.
Mr Kinghorn, a dad-of-two, said: “I’m doing the coast-to-coast bike ride from Whitehaven to South Shields.
“It is in memory of my father-in-law, Albert. Macmillan Cancer Support did so much for Albert and the family.
“I ride to work every day, and I have been doing a lot of training over the last 16 weeks to get ready.
“I wanted to do something to remember Albert. He was a lovely man.
“I am doing the ride alone but my wife, Paula, is coming along as well for some moral support. She will help to keep me going.”
Mrs Kinghorn added: “Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009. He progressively became more unwell and and sadly passed away in March.
“There were so many people that helped him during his illness so it was hard to chose one, but we picked Macmillan Cancer Care as they allowed him to be at home when he died.
“That was what he wanted, to be in his own home with his family around him.
“The entire team, the Macmillan nurses, the occupational therapist and physio therapist, were fantastic.”
Paula will be coming along for the ride – though from the comforts of a car rather than in a saddle.
She added: “We will be travelling down on Friday and then Gary will be setting off from Whitehaven on Saturday morning.
“We should make it back to South Shields on Sunday evening. Gary is a lot fitter than he makes out and he wanted to do something for charity.”
To donate to Mr Kinghorn’s charity challenge, log onto www.justgiving.com/gary-kinghorn2
For more information on Macmillan Cancer Support, see macmillan.org.uk