Survivor to ride to Spain for charity

Sean Prendergast and his wife Vivienne standing next to the bike he will use to drive  through France and Spain.
Sean Prendergast and his wife Vivienne standing next to the bike he will use to drive through France and Spain.

A multiple-time skin cancer survivor has set himself an epic challenge as he prepares to ride to Spain on his motorcycle to raise £10,000 for the British Skin Foundation.

Sean Prendergast, of Wolston, has had numerous health complications over the years and is keen to prove he is now fighting fit.

Sean had diabetes as a child, leading to three kidney transplants and a pancreas transplant.

He received radiotherapy sessions for his skin cancer, which returned more than once.

Sean also suffered a heart attack at the wheel, leading to a broken back and neck, plus a broken spleen, ribs and frontal lobe contusion.

The 52-year-old said: “Over the last 40 years I have been the recipient of the skills and professionalism of some of the world’s most accomplished medical inventions – and I’m extremely grateful for their work.

“Although it has taken a long time for me to show my appreciation, I now want to give a helping hand to those responsible for finding cures.”

As an avid motorcyclist, he’s decided to ride his XJ6 from his home through France, via the Channel Tunnel, and over the Millau Bridge into Spain and the Pyrenees.

He will travel just over 1,500 miles and the journey will take around 10 days.

Sean will be organising fundraising events in the borough and hopes to arrange pub quizes and car boot sales to help raise money for the British Skin Foundation.

“I am confident that raising £10,000 is possible. Thank you in anticipation of your help,” said Sean.

To find out more about Sean’s challenge and to make a donation, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SeanPrendergast.