Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

‘Outstanding’ Bros on Bikes praised by inspiration John

PUBLISHED: 11:15 19 January 2013

John Massen with Sam and Ollie Turner at the finishing line at Land's End

John Massen with Sam and Ollie Turner at the finishing line at Land's End

Archant

Cycling Sidmouth siblings raise £28,000 for charities

A CANCER sufferer whose bravery motivated teenage brothers to raise £28,000 by cycling the length of the UK has hailed the duo as “outstanding”.

John Massen praised siblings Sam and Ollie Turner, 15 and 14, after they pedalled their way to the massive sum to boost a trio of charities.

The boys were gifted a bike by their terminally ill uncle, Malcolm, before he died and took on the 900 mile ride from John O’ Groats to Land’s End he’d always dreamed of completing in August. Sidmouth College students Sam and Ollie also got on their bikes as a show of support for close family friend John, 43, who was diagnosed with cancer in August 2011.

Their amazing Brothers on Bikes total will be shared between Sidmouth Hospiscare, Hospiscare Devon, and Cancer Research UK.

IT manager John, of Axminster, who is now recovering from the illness after finishing chemotherapy, played his part by supporting the duo and their team from home and was at the Land’s End finishing line to greet them after their gruelling 11-day challenge.

“They are quite outstanding,” he said.

“To have driven the whole thing themselves is incredible.

“You don’t find many 14 or 15-year-olds doing anything like this. Teenagers get a bad press - but this shows they are not all bad.

“Doing my bit gave me a boost.”

The brothers recently revealed their fundraising total in front of friends and family and thanked all those who helped them achieve it.

“The ride was just a small part of our journey,” said Sam.

“Our inspiration came from two incredible people.”

Ollie told supporters: “Uncle Malcolm had a dream, we had a dream, together you made that dream a reality.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 19:30

Are you looking to make a difference in your community? If so, then the 1st Sid Vale Scout Group is looking for you.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:53

Take a walk with Woody Gliddon around this year’s Devon County Show.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:19

The deadline to sign up to the Electoral Register for next month’s General Election is midnight tonight (Monday, May 22).

Read more
Yesterday, 13:04

East Devon council bosses have condemned the health body responsible for scrapping more than 100 beds at a number of community hospitals.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:32

Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel has offered her support to Independent General Election candidate Claire Wright for the upcoming poll.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40

Inspiration can come from the unlikeliest of places - and for a debut Sidmouth novelist it was stuck in traffic looking into the foliage of a hedge, imagining an old woman’s face staring back at her.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:26

NHS Blood and Transplant is looking for new and current donors to book an appointment before heading off on their summer holidays.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

A new chairman has taken the reins after ‘perhaps the longest apprenticeship’ in the history of Sidmouth Town Council.

Read more
Sunday, May 21, 2017

A taste of things to come has been revealed in Budleigh Salterton.

Read more
Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Sidmouth author’s story about the lives of sisters, best friends and love behind bars is set to hit shelves next month.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications