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‘End to End’ pair on course to raise £25,000 for PCRF

15 May 2015

As Cornish residents, Ernest Craske and Paul Hirst have seen plenty of fundraisers taking on the ‘End to End’ challenge, from John O’Groats to Land’s End. Now, the pair are setting out to find out just how hard the route is – and to raise thousands of pounds for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund along the way.

Ernest, retired national accounts controller for Bunzl Cleaning and Hygiene Supplies, has taken on the challenge along with his friend, Paul, a national account manager with Kimberley Clark. The pair are cycling the 1016-mile route in memory of Paul’s mother-in-law, who died from pancreatic cancer in 2014 as well as to support friends, relatives and customers who have been affected by this disease.

Last year, Ernest persuaded his company to donate the funds raised during a charity golf tournament to the PCRF – a magnificent total of £10,000 – but now Ernest and Paul are determined to raise even more.

“This is a particularly nasty type cancer which doesn’t get much publicity and is starved of research funds – it’s a bit of an underdog in that respect. The survival rates from it are extremely poor and we have got to do something about that,” says Ernest.

Ernest and Paul set off from John O’Groats on 10 May 2015 and plan to arrive back in Cornwall on 24 May. Although both now live in Cornwall, Ernest was born in Scotland, giving the trip an additional poignancy.

The pair have faced very traditional Scottish weather so far on their ride, although Ernest remains upbeat.

“After months of training I have to confess I am still a rubbish cyclist, although Paul believes – mostly because of the quality of his cycling gear – that he’s a cross between Bradley Wiggins and Alberto Contadore,” he jokes.

(l-r) Paul Hirst and Ernest Craske

Ernest’s wife, Zena, is supporting the pair during the challenge by driving supplies and equipment in a van loaned by Ernest’s former employers.

“We owe a huge debt of thanks to Bunzl who are sponsoring our trip by funding a support vehicle, fuel and insurance costs and cycling shirts,” says Ernest. “A group of Bunzl employees will be also riding with us for a few hours in the middle of the trip, which will be a great boost to us all. It is fair to say that without Bunzl’s support we would have been unable to even contemplate the trip.”

If you would like to support Ernest and Paul, please visit their Just Giving page.

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