Andrew saddling up for his own Tour de France journey

Andrew Thompsett, 56, of Church's Christian Bookshop and Cafe, will be riding over 500 miles to the south of France to raise money for charity.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2735LM
Andrew Thompsett, 56, of Church's Christian Bookshop and Cafe, will be riding over 500 miles to the south of France to raise money for charity. Picture: Liz Mockler D2735LM

A CYCLIST is getting on his bike to take part in his own Tour de France to support two good causes.

Andrew Thompsett, from Bentley, will be setting off from his home on Sunday, pedalling 500 miles over seven days to get to the southern French holiday location at La Pas Opton in the Vendee region.

The gruelling trip is made even more remarkable giving that Andrew, 56, was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the start of the year.

He said: “Thankfully the cancer was discovered early and was very small.

“I was placed on a programme of observation which requires me to undergo tests every three months to closely monitor what is happening.

“I firmly believed that I could be healed of this cancer and whilst awaiting the next round of tests which took place in May I have prayed and been prayed for, specifically for the cancer to be taken away. Following the biopsies in May I have been told that the cancer is no longer present.”

Andrew, who runs Church’s Christian Bookshop and Cafe in Thorne Road, Doncaster, is aiming to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Charity, as well as the Spring Harvest Holiday fund - a Christian organisation which raises money to send underprivileged families on a summer holiday.

The finishing point of the trek is one of the places the charity sends families as part of the scheme.

Andrew and his wife Alison, run the bookshop, but also use the facility as an outreach centre for Bentley Baptist Church, offering support to the area’s most vulnerable and at risk people.

To sponsor Andrew email Andrew.P.Thompsett@bigfoot.com or log onto his online charity pages at www.bmycharity.com/Doncaster2LPO or http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Doncaster2LPO