Dave Farrer (right) and Sean Reedman (left) Thameslink drivers take on 100-mile cycling challenge to support cancer charity Image: GTR

Route includes Cranfield and Lidlington Hill

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) staff will be taking on a cycling challenge on Sunday 12 May to raise money and awareness for blood cancer charity Bloodwise.

Thirteen members of train drivers and staff from Thameslink’s Bedford train-crew depot have organised a 100-mile cycle ride around the countryside of Bedfordshire in honour of train driver Kev Severs, who died from leukaemia in February last year.

The team’s circular route starts at the depot where Kev worked and will take in Bedford town centre, detour past his house, before heading out to Harold, Cranfield, Lidlington Hill, Biggleswade and Clapham village.

Sarah Breed, Local Operations Manager at GTR who is taking part in the ride, said:

“All the cyclists involved in the ride worked with Kev. He took great pride in his work and was a very successful driver-trainer. He always made time to listen if you had a problem or worry; his smile was infectious, and he had a funny story for every situation.”

One in 19 people will be diagnosed with a blood cancer in their lifetime and it is the UK’s third biggest cancer killer.

Nicci Wilson, regional relationships manager at Bloodwise, said:

“It’s thanks to inspirational fundraisers like these that we can continue to fund research into more effective treatments for blood cancers and provide information and support for patients and their families when they need it most.”

Anybody wishing to support the team can donate at www.love2donate.co.uk/listen100

The team of GTR cyclists taking part are: Sean Reedman, Mark Gauge, Jerry Rollinson, Ian Johnson, Dave Farrer, John Ingham, Neil Armstrong, Andy Relton, John Glover, Dawn Stewart, Sarah Breed, John Reid and Keith Gray.