Event organised by cancer patients raises more than £20,000

A FUNDRAISING event in aid of three cancer and hospice charities attracted more than 320 supporters, raising more than £20,000.

Organised by three Gwent cancer patient friends from Pontymister, the24 mile bike ride set off from St David’s Hospice Care, Malpas today.

A two-and-a-half mile walk saw some 170 people cover the distance from University Hospital to Velindre.

Gary Bosher, 63, John Vowles, 74 and Jason Bennett, 47, organised the event in aid St David’s Hospice Care, Velindre Hospital and Bloodwise.

The trio smashed their £8,000 target with the total now standing at more than £20,000.

Mr Bosher was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic and abdominal cancer a couple of months ago and is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Velindre Cancer Hospital, Cardiff.

Mr Bennett was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia last year and is recovering from a recent bone marrow transplant undertaken at The University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

Mr Vowles has undergone chemotherapy at Velindre Cancer Hospital to treat his pancreatic and liver cancer.

Gareth Bosher, son of co-organiser Gary, said: “The trio’s families say the three have been inspirational during treatment and with the arranging of this event.

“Gary, John and Jason’s families have been incredibly supportive of these men during some very challenging times and are so proud of their fight against cancer.”

Emma Saysell, chief executive of St David’s Hospice Care said: “ Gary, Jason and John have shown guts and determination to arrange this event which has been so marvellously supported by everyone on the day and though their wonderful donations.”