Couple saddle up for brain cancer research

Enid and Hugh Davies are cycling from Scotland to Dungeness to raise funds for the Astro Fund which supports people with slow growing brain tumours

Enid and Hugh Davies are cycling from Scotland to Dungeness to raise funds for the Astro Fund which supports people with slow growing brain tumours

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A RETIRED couple who are mourning the death of two friends are preparing to embark on a 900 mile bike ride in aid of brain cancer research.

Enid and Hugh Davies, both aged 67, will set off on May 25 for Durness, in north west Scotland, and cycle from there to Dungeness in south east England.

The journey will be in memory of Enid’s college friend Christine Hughes, who died last year, six months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour, and the couple’s old Shimpling neighbour, father-of-three David Mapus-Smith, who died in 2009 after his diagnosis in 2005.

“What they’re doing is magnificent – they’re very special people, the sort who say what can I do to help,” said Mr Mapus-Smith’s widow, Christine.

The couple, from Bury St Edmunds, hope to average 60 miles a day and raise £10,000 for charity Astro Fund, which funds research into slow growing brain tumours.

They are ‘nervously excited’ about the challenge and aim to complete it by June 10.

To donate, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/DaviesDtoD