The cousin of a man who spent 13 years addicted to heroin is taking part in a gruelling cycle challenge to raise money in his memory.
Harry McNulty hopes to raise as much money as possible for CRI (formerly Addaction) which helped Royston Dean through some of his darkest days.
Tragically, Royston, 30, from Derby Road, Poulton, took his own life just days before he was due for another stint in rehab which he was hoping to celebrate as a new start in his life.
He had told his family he did not want the drugs life any longer.
Earlier this week, his parents told The Gazette how the drug had destroyed his life and encouraged others to get help before it was too late. Harry, 20, will ride with his friend James Cave, across a 500 mile stretch of Scotland through tough terrain.
He said: “We felt we needed to raise money for such a great local organisation in helping young people to encourage and empower them to regain control of their lives and tackle their problems.
“I’ve never done anything this extreme before, but we wanted to make it a challenge.
“I am getting a bit nervous and it will be tough, but it means a lot to me to be able to do this for Royston so it’ll be worth it.”
Harry, of Argyle Road, Poulton, begins his trek on June 17.
Royston’s mum, Julie Dean, said: “We are very proud of Harry, and it’s brilliant that something’s being done in Royston’s memory.”
To sponsor Harry log on to www.justgiving.com/harrymcnulty2013.