A 19-year-old charity cyclist has conquered his challenge of riding almost 500 miles from Largs in Scotland to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, only three years after receiving a stem cell transplant to treat Hodgkin lymphoma.
Nicholas Earley, who was first treated for cancer in 2017 and relapsed the following year, achieved the epic feat alongside older brother Matthew, with the pair arriving back on the IW on Friday (September 3rd), just six days after departing the west coast of Scotland.
The brothers were fundraising for the East Cowes-based Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust; the Piam Brown Ward; the Wessex Children’s Cancer Unit at University Hospital Southampton; and Teenage Cancer Trust, which all supported Nicholas during and after his treatment.
So far, they have raised almost £4,400, smashing their £3,000 target.
Nicholas said: “That first sailing trip was amazing, I got a bit of confidence back, it was a good fun week in and around the Solent. I just wanted to give back to some of the charities that have helped me, including the Trust.
“Whenever there was a hill or a challenge, we just made it funny, trying to take the dampener off the whole scenario. Also having music in one ear, just to help us get through it, and obviously everywhere was new too, so that kept us going.”
Nicholas and Matthew enjoyed an emotional ‘homecoming’ as the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust put out the bunting and hosted around 30 of the brothers’ family, friends and supporters, who gathered outdoors at East Cowes Marina to welcome them back on Friday.