SIMON Nicholl is a man on a mission – for a cause close to his heart.
The 42-year-old, from Wesham, will be getting on his bike for more than a month to cycle across America for charity.
The air traffic controller will ride more than 3,500 miles in 31 days in memory of a friend and colleague.
He will be raising money for Bispham-based Trinity Hospice, along with Macmillan Cancer Support, after his friend Linda Wright, 50, died in July last year.
He is currently in training for the event, which starts on April 24.
He said: “My friend and colleague Linda Wright became ill with cancer, just before New Year 2010. It was melanoma initially, but was aggressive and it spread quickly.
“She deteriorated quite quickly and found it was terminal.
“She spent her last few weeks at Trinity and the care was wonderful.
“The staff were really amazing. And once I started telling people I was raising money for Trinity, more and more people said they knew someone who had experiences with Trinity and what a nice team there is there.
“The people who work there are so positive and caring. I noticed when Linda was there, how they not only look after the patients who are poorly, they also look after their families and friends.
“I will be cycling from Los Angeles to Boston and cycling for 31 of the 33 days we are out there. I have been training by cycling at the weekends, doing about 100 miles.
“I do like cycling, but am a bit of a fair-weather cyclist.
“I am looking forward now to getting out there and taking part in the event.
“So far I have raised about £2,400 for Trinity and £1,400 for Macmillan, but would just like to raise as much as possible.”
Simon is no stranger to endurance cycle rides. Last year he cycled from Gibraltar to Blackpool and raised £8,000 for the British Legion.
To sponsor Simon, visit www.justgiving.com/C2CUSA