Andy’s bottle for the throttle helps teenagers with cancer

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Andy Jenrick has completed a mammoth motorbike mission to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust

4th August 2021

By Juliet Lunam

Former Navy man Andy Jenrick is recovering after a mammoth 3,200-mile motorbike trek from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise funds for teenage cancer sufferers.

Andy is an advanced rider and tutor and also rides for Cornwall Blood Bikes.

On June 18, he embarked on his challenge, starting at Land’s End and driving round the coast of England, Wales and Scotland, returning to Cornwall six weeks later.

The 62-year-old has been motorcycling since the age of 17, initially working as a London motorcycle courier and then on joining the Royal Navy, commuting from his various bases back to London.

He said: “I originate from London but on joining the Royal Navy aged 18 in 1977, I was based at RNAS Culdrose and fell in love with Cornwall. “

“I was married in Cornwall and have lived here for a total of about 21 years. I knew this would be a challenge camping is great for a weekend but doing it for several weeks was always going to be harder.”

“However, it’s nothing compared to what young people with cancer have to go through.” Andy’s aim was to raise awareness of the work done by Teenage Cancer Trust in Cornwall and around the country

He also hoped to raise funds by way of donations and by early July had collected £3,000. The total now stands at just shy of £5,000.

Along the way, Andy, from North Country, Redruth, stayed with friends and at campsites, carrying his red collection pots with him hoping people would support the ride and the charity.

Every day he added to his online journal on his Facebook page Ride for Teenage Cancer Trust 2021 and at one stage, thanks to wife Linda, did an interview with Heart Radio and spoke to Jamie Theakston and his celeb crush, Amanda Holden.

“She has a great laugh,” he said. “This ride started as a challenge simply due to all unknowns. However, after a few weeks, many things slipped into place. The weather has been kind to me with only a few very wet days.”

“Some of the best things have been the outstanding beauty of this country, especially the Highlands of Scotland and the generosity of the people, some I know but many I met along the way. This has been one experience I will never forget and I am so pleased to have helped Teenage Cancer Trust and will continue to support them.

To donate to the cause, visit the website http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrewjenric

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