A GRIEVING brother is pushing himself to the limit to raise money for charity in memory of his sibling.
Ian Elliott is taking on a 110-mile bike ride for Macmillan Cancer Support in honour of his elder brother Graham Elliott.
Graham, 48, died of lung cancer in March, and Ian, of Whiteleas, South Shields, said he wants to keep his memory alive.
“I’m moping about, and I thought if I get out and do something, I might feel like I’m giving something back,” said the 47-year-old.
“My brother would be chuffed. He would think it was class. His family are chuffed as well.”
Graham, a caretaker at Temple Park Junior School in South Shields, died five weeks after being diagnosed with the disease in January.
He was initially cleared of lung cancer after having a scan in December, but further tests revealed that he did have the disease.
Two lobes were removed from the lungs of the dad of two, married to Maria Elliott, 46, but after suffering a cardiac arrest on March 3, he was told the cancer had progressed so quickly that nothing could be done.
He died on March 5, 18 days before he would have turned 49.
“It was a huge shock,” said Ian. “My parents had seen him on the Sunday before he took bad and said he was singing and having a laugh.
“My parents are still a bit shellshocked.
“March 23 would have been his birthday, and I think that was a bit rough on my mam and dad, and his wife and kids as well.”
Ian started the bike ride, intended to raise £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, at Marsden Cricket Club, in Horsley Hill Road, where grandad-of-two Graham was a coach.
Two members of the club have joined him on the trek from Marsden to Threlkeld, Cumbria, and back. Ian – along with Liam Curry, 16, and Michael Elliott, 18, both of South Shields – started at 6am yesterday and were due to finish at tea-time today.
HGV driver Ian said beforehand that he wasn’t worried about the marathon ride.
“We’ve been covering about 25 miles a day in training, so we are well prepared,” he said.
“I’ll try my best. I’m not nervous.”
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