Kindhearted Isle of Wight residents and businesses have been digging deep to support Wessex Cancer Trust today (Wednesday).
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A charity cycleathlon is happening at Isle of Wight Radio’s HQ at Dodnor Park in Newport in a bid to raise the final £6,000 towards the £100,000 target.
The money will be staying on the Island and be used to build a specialist wellbeing cancer centre for the charity in Newport’s Lugley Street.
Among those donning the lycra was Level 42 star, Mark King:
“I am thrilled to be here helping to raise money for a special cause – and on behalf of Level 42 I would like to pledge £1,000 to the campaign.
“I lost my brother-in-law, Michael, to cancer. I had no problem in getting involved with this because it is so important to so many people.”
Double Olympic gold medallist, Shirley Robertson, also came into show her support.
Shirley, who won sailing gold at the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games, said:
“My father-in-law has prostate cancer and he had no-one to turn to. His wife and the family really struggled – and still are. He’s still going strong but it would be great to be able to see someone to get advice. This centre will make a huge difference.
“The community of the Island is just incredible and I can’t believe how much money has been raised and this will really make a difference.”