Cross-country scoot by Devizes worker to help cancer cause

This Is Wiltshire: Kevin Earley, left, and Paul McNeil are pleased to have completed their trek from Land’s End Kevin Earley, left, and Paul McNeil are pleased to have completed their trek from Land’s End

Cancer sufferer Kevin Earley and his friend battled through torrential rain to ride the length of Great Britain on their Lambretta scooters.

Mr Earley, of Tanis, Rowde, and Paul McNeil, of Holt, near Trowbridge, did the ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in four days to raise money for the NET Patient Foundation.

Mr Earley, 42, has Neuroendocrine Tumours (NETs), a rare cancer, and wanted to help the foundation. So far, he and Mr McNeil have raised £2,400.

Mr Earley, a plant superintendent at DS Smith Packaging in Devizes, and Mr McNeil, a painter and decorator, drove for up to 11 hours a day. It took them 37 hours, of which 34 were in torrential rain.

Mr Earley said: “We started off in rain and we were soaked through. On day one from Land’s End we came through Chippenham and Melksham. We were so close to home that it would have been nice to stop but we told ourselves we had to keep going for the charity. The last 100 miles we were driving through sea mist so it was difficult to see. Afterwards my whole body was in absolute pain.”

Both men rode the first 800 miles on 1964 Lambretta LI 125cc scooters with a top speed of 55mph. For the final 180 miles they used their spare Lambrettas – Mr Earley on a GP 125 made in 1985 and Mr McNeil on a Chopper made in 1971.

Mr McNeil, 45, said it was a forgettable experience.

He said: “Day two was absolutely horrendous with torrential rain. They were shutting off roads where it flash flooded. It was an achievement to do it for Kevin’s cause, it makes it a bit more special.”

Mr Earley, who has been with his partner Vicky for 14 years, was diagnosed with NETs in February 2013. He had a tumour removed from his bowel four months later but he has numerous tumours on his liver that are being controlled by monthly injections.

He said: “My dad had NETs and died of it. But I’m one of those people that nothing is going to get me down.”

He thanked his employers for their support. To donate, go to http://tinyurl.com/p3fzaml

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