£2k raised by Trowbridge friends for appeal by cycle ride to Paris
Pals of the Trowbridge father who died of cancer earlier this month have successfully cycled to Paris in his memory.
Four friends of Matt Hoskins completed the challenge to raise money for the Bath Cancer Unit Support Group’s Positron Scanner Appeal, just days after he died on August 10.
The ride had been intended as a tribute to Mr Hoskins and his friend James Shadwell, who had both been diagnosed with cancer, but following Mr Hoskins’ sudden death aged 32 the group pledged to honour his memory. Mr Shadwell remains seriously ill.
Best friend Rob Janes, 33, organised the ride. He said: “The ride itself was fantastic. The weather was spot-on, even if we did get lost a little getting into Paris, but it was difficult riding so soon after Matt’s death.
“However it was wonderful to see all the donations we had from his friends and family. We don’t have an exact total yet, but we think we raised around £2,000.”
The group are hoping to make the challenge a regular occurrence, with plans afoot to set up the Hoskins Foundation, to raise funds for cancer charities.
Mr Janes said: “People tend to think cancer only affects the older generation, but anyone can get it.
“Matt, like myself, had an extremely young family, and we want to keep his memory alive, and do other similar things to recognise other families who are struggling.
“I had known Matt for 18 years. He was my best friend, and the best guy you could ever imagine.
“His motto from day one was “strength and honour”. That’s what he used to say to me, and it sums up how he lived.”
The Positron Scanner appeal is campaigning to raise £1.2million for the equipment at the Bath RUH’s new cancer care centre.
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