Garry fundraises in memory of mum

Garry Swann, centre, raised money for St Oswald's Hospice by taking part in the 100-mile Prudential RideLondon.
Garry Swann, centre, raised money for St Oswald's Hospice by taking part in the 100-mile Prudential RideLondon.
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A Cramlington man took to the roads around his new home town to raise funds for a north east hospice in memory of his late mum.

Garry Swann, a former Cramlington High School pupil now living and working in Surrey, recently took part in the 100-mile Prudential RideLondon.

And the 35-year-old raised more than £1,000 for St Oswald’s Hospice.

The 100-mile ride covered much of the 2012 London Olympics route, which includeded the climbs up Box Hill and Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey.

Garry has never cycled that far before and it took him six hours and 51 minutes, more than an hour off his estimated time.

Garry, who works as an actuary in Surrey, has been collecting online sponsors for St Oswald’s after they cared for his mum for a number of years before she died.

He said he sincerely wanted to thank everyone in the north east who donated to the charity.

The fundraising address for anyone who would like to make a donation is www.justgiving.com/GarrySwann