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Redhill man's UK scooter challenge for hospice
12:36pm Friday 17th August 2012 in Local News
A Redhill man diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer will next month set off on a long-held dream challenge.
Dene Marsh, 44, will be heading out on a scooter ride around the UK coast.
Dene will be travelling around the coast roads of mainland Britain to raise money for St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley.
His family and friends and the nurses at St Catherine's Hospice will be supporting him when he sets off on September 17, aiming to return home on October 2.
He will be scootering anti-clockwise around the country, so is calling his trip ‘The Wrong Way Round.’ He will be riding a 20-year-old Honda step-thru scooter - the sort normally used by pizza delivery riders.
His journey will cover the mainland and the islands of Skye and Anglesey with an on-road support team in tow, plus breakdown cover, GPS tracker and a lightweight tent.
Friends and colleagues will also be joining him along parts of the journey.
It was last November that Dene was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, a relatively rare condition amongst men under 50.
Speaking of his scooter challenge, Dene said: “I discussed the idea with Sarah, my wife, and my four children, and they have all encouraged me to go.”
He said: “I was so happy when my GP gave me the go-ahead.
“I am so grateful for the support of my family - Sarah, Freja, Max, Anya and Leisha - and all our friends and the local companies who have helped.”
He said: “The staff at St Catherine’s have also given a lot of support to make sure I am up to the challenge, and it’s great to know that I can call them if I need to.
“I am really looking forward to the trip and seeing areas of the country that I have never visited.”
Dene hopes to raise £5,000 for the hospice.
People who would like to support Dene's fundraising challenge can do so online by visiting his website: www.wrongwayround.org.uk People can also follow Dene’s journey at: www.denemarsh.blogspot.co.uk Website: www.stch.org.uk