ADVERTISER photographer Geoff Merryweather is embarking on a 100-mile bike ride to raise money for charities supporting a friend battling leukaemia.
The 31-year-old will complete a gruelling circuit between several of the newspapers he has worked for over the years on October 18.
He is aiming to raise hundreds for Cure Leukaemia after friend and Ashbourne News Telegraph editor Steve Sinfield’s wife, Katherine, was diagnosed with the disease.
Starting at the Burton Mail, Mr Merryweather will cycle to the Uttoxeter News office in St George’s, Church Street, then to the Staffordshire Newsletter in Stafford, the Post and Times in Leek, the Ashbourne News Telegraph and, finally, back to Burton.
He is appealing for fellow riders to join him so, combined, they can raise as much as possible for the life-saving charity.
Mr Merryweather said: “It was awful to hear about Katherine and I really wanted to do something to help.
“Steve’s always looked out for me so it’s nice that I can now do something for him and his wife.
“What they’re going through is really tough. Like all forms of cancer, Leukaemia is so destructive. Aside from the money, I also want to raise awareness about the illness.
“It doesn’t just affect the sufferer but everyone around them too. I’ve already got on the bone marrow register and given blood to try and help.”
Anyone who wishes to donate to Mr Merryweather’s cause can do so online at justgiving.com/geoff-merryweather
All those looking to join him for all or part of the ride is asked to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.