In memory of his brother, Mark Allen will take part in the south’s iconic cycle ride from London to Brighton to raise money for St David’s Hospice.

Mark’s brother, Paul Allen from Rhos on Sea, sadly passed away in December 2018 aged 39 after being diagnosed with skin cancer, metastatic melanoma. The last week of his life was spent in the care of St David’s Hospice, Llandudno.

Mark, from Fleet in Hampshire said the care his brother received was exceptional during his time at St David’s.

“The care and compassion that was given to Paul and all the family by St David’s was exceptional.

“Before he passed I decided I wanted to give something back to the Hospice.

“As I have health issues myself (type 2 diabetes and prolapsed disc in my back), I had to think of a realistic activity that I could participate in. In my younger years, I cycled London to Brighton, France and many other rides.

“My fitness is nowhere near where it used to be so whatever I decided to do was going to be a big challenge.

“I hope the money I raise helps maintain the current level of service for patients and their families.”

St David’s Hospice is a local charity providing hospice care to adult patients living with advanced illnesses in Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey. Each year the Hospice needs to raise £4 million to continue with care and services.

Mark embarks on his 55-mile cycling challenge on 15th September. He will start from Clapham Common, London and follow a clearly waymarked route to the finish line on the seafront of Brighton.

So far Mark has raised £495 for St David’s Hospice – if you would like to make a donation please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rideforpaul