AN ATHERTON man is making an emotional 950 mile bike ride in memory of his mum.
Michael Evans, 39, will cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity in honour of his mum, Margaret Evans, an Atherton primary school teacher, who died in 2009, following a two-year battle with acute myeloid lymphoma.
Michael, who moved from Atherton to Leeds eight years ago, began his challenge on July 5 hoping to finish in nine days - shortly before his 40th birthday.
He said: “Mum was a well-liked teacher to generations of local children and was respected by both parents and children alike.
“Married to Ray, for 45 years, she raised three children and was blessed with six grandchildren.
“She taught mainly in schools in Atherton, but also in Rochdale, Culcheth, spanning three decades.
“Following a distinguished 40-year career, which included teaching at Meadow Bank Primary School, she retired from Atherton St George’s Infant School in 1996.
“In 2007, whilst still a very active person, she was unfortunate in being diagnosed with acute myeloid lymphoma, a form of leukaemia and underwent extensive treatment at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Michael’s dad, Ray, 68, will drive the route, offering support, and close family friend Karl Brabbs, of Brabbs Motor Works, in Leigh, is the chief sponsor of the fund raiser.
To sponsor Michael visit www.justgiving.com/michaelevans.
Donations can also be made at Brabbs Motor Works, 227 Leigh Road, Leigh or by calling Michael on 07725 724 021.