Mike takes the tour

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Intrepid Mike Hamm is gearing up to cycle the Yorkshire stage of the Tour de France on a pre-Tour de France ride to help future cancer patients.

Accompanied by members of Team GB and Team Raleigh professional cycling team, Mike, 44, from Catterick Village will take on the marathon cycle ride on Wednesday 8 May 2013.

Starting from Catterick Garrison the gruelling 70 mile route heads out towards Masham and takes the tour route up to Middleham, Leyburn, Aysgarth, Hawes, over to Buttertubs, Reeth, Grinton, Redmire and finishes back at Catterick Garrison.

Mike was inspired to tackle the challenging ride to raise money for the Mowbray suite complementary therapy service at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

He wanted to help, as in the last year several friends, colleagues and acquaintances have sadly had to use this welcome and much needed service at the hospital which is popular with both cancer patients and their carers.

Complementary therapies have an important role to play in helping patients through their conventional cancer treatment and therapies such as aromatherapy, acupuncture and relaxation techniques can enhance general well-being and provide emotional support.

The treatments are offered free of charge to patients and carers and funded through charitable donations and lots of hard work on the part of Kathryn Almond, who runs the service, and is chair of the North of England Cancer Network Complementary Therapy Group, and her team of volunteers.

Keen cyclist, Mike, site manager for Walter Thompson (Contractors) Ltd in Northallerton, rode the 140 mile Coast to Coast, in two days last year raising money for the Great North Air Ambulance.

He said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of tackling the Yorkshire stage of the world’s greatest cycle race through the stunning countryside. It will be hard work, but worth it to help such a worthy cause.”

To show your support for Mike, please visit his Just Giving page – www.justgiving.com/Mikehamm.

South Tees Hospitals Charity covers The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital as well as community services. All donations given are used to enhance patient care over and above the core services and facilities that the NHS provides.

Further details are available by contacting the charity team on 01642 854296.