A smoker turned cyclist will tomorrow go the distance to raise money in memory of his dad.

Slaithwaite resident Steve Humble, who is one of the owners of Meadow Court Residential Home, will rack up 170 miles over the weekend in aid of Kirkwood Hospice.

The hospice cared for dad Melvyn after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Putting pedal to the metal with his daughter’s boyfriend, Oliver Ratcliffe, they will travel coast-to-coast on hilly terrain from Morecambe to Bridlington to thank the hospice for its support for Melvyn who died last September.

Now mum June is also receiving treatment at the hospice for lymphoma.

Steve said: “It’s been hard training for it because I only started in May but I’ve been getting better and better and have been practising with 30-mile bike rides since then.

“We plan to do just over 50 miles a day but Saturday, when we will travel from Burnsall to Pocklington, will be the biggest day.”

It marks a notable lifestyle change for Steve, 42, who swapped cigarettes for cycling when his father became ill.

He said: “I’d tried so many times to give up smoking but I’d just never been able to despite trying all the different methods.

“It was only when I went with my dad to the hospital, where he was told that he only had up to 18 months to live, that something just clicked and I never picked up another cigarette again.

“I think it was the shock of the diagnosis that really brought it home to me.

“Since I gave up smoking I put plenty of weight on so decided to combine losing a few pounds with a challenge for the hospice in memory of my dad.

Steve Humble's dad, Melvyn Humble
 

“I bought a mountain bike and have been building up my fitness and lost two stone in the process.”

The fighting fit pair have already raised over £2,000 for their event but are still looking for as many donations as possible.

Steve said: “My dad and our family had fantastic support from the Kirkwood Hospice staff throughout his illness and my mum continues to get that and goes to the hospice every Tuesday for day care.

“Until a few years ago this horrible ‘Big C’ disease was something I knew very little about but I seem to know more and more people that are affected these days, including a good friend who passed away last week.

“Having visited him there you realise what a fantastic job the staff are doing and that these facilities are not cheap to run and keep.”

To make a donation to Steve and Oliver’s challenge go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/morecambe2bridlington