A young Sheffield man has vowed to continue his late nan’s charity work by cycling some 700 miles to raise funds.
Curtis Gregory will cycle from Edinburgh Castle to Buckingham Palace in memory of his grandmother, Jacqui Creasey, who died of cancer in November.
Curtis, aged 23, said: “She did so much charity work and I want to step into her shoes and carry on her legacy.
“My nan was like a mum to me. She was a very special lady indeed.”
One of Jacqui’s final charity events was the Race for Life at Meadowhall in Sheffield last year.
Curtis, of Ecclesall Road, said: “She was in a wheelchair but my whole family came and we pushed her around the course. It was such a good day.”
On his bike challenge, Curtis will raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, which cared for Jacqui in the final weeks of her life.
Before she died aged 67, Jacqui wrote an autobiography which detailed her traumatic childhood and early adult life.
She was adopted by a close friend of her mother, who was aged 16 when she gave birth, and suffered terrible physical abuse at the hands of her adoptive mother for the first 20 years of her life.
Curtis has made arrangements to sell printed copies of the book, with the majority of the profits going to the NSPCC. A quarter will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
He said: “This would seriously be a huge dream of my nan’s accomplished.
“I hope this will really touch many people to let them know that you can come out the other end a better person, just like my nan did.”
Curtis has planned to complete his charity bike ride over ten days in June. He will cycle up to 70 miles per day and will be joined on a number of legs by family members.
“I’m quite a sporty person but it’s going to be a challenge,” he said.
“Seven hundred miles is quite a long way!”
Curtis is now appealing for any individuals or businesses to come forward if they are able to help him with equipment, accommodation and sponsorship. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
n To sponsor Curtis or to find out more about his charity work and Jacqui’s book, visit the Facebook page ‘My Cycle for Charity’ or www.justgiving.com/ForYouNanLoveCurtis