Leeds trio’s trip to Paris for charity

DEDICATED: John Thornton, Christian Doyle and Les Goff with family and friends in Paris.
DEDICATED: John Thornton, Christian Doyle and Les Goff with family and friends in Paris.
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A dedicated trio of cyclists pedaled from London to Paris in memory of a loved one.

Barry Thornton, from Beeston, died after losing a battle with lung cancer in August 2015, aged 65.

And his son, John, saddled up for the gruelling 300-mile journey with cousins Christan Doyle and Les Goff to raise money for the hospital ward which cared for him in Leeds.

The trio set off from Croydon last month and travelled to Dover before arriving at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Dad-of-three John Thornton, 41, from Beeston, said: “We wanted to give something back to St James’s Hospital because they cared for him so well.

“I thought it was going to be really difficult but it was so satisfying, it is the best thing I have ever done by far.

“People were stopping and beeping their cars at us in Paris in support, and it was absolutely brilliant.

“The emotional bit for me came when I saw my family, who were waiting at the finish line, and that’s when I shed a tear.”

They hoped to raise around £5,000 for the city’s Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

But this week their fundraising reached more than £11,000 for the charity.

Mr Thornton said: “It was all about raising money to help fight the disease and support the care.

“The response to our fundraising has been amazing, it is touching how much people have got behind us.”

They organised a series of fundraisers ahead of their trip to boost their total, including a fun day at Carlton Cricket Club, in Rothwell, in May. The trio also held a charity golf day, at the South Leeds Golf Club, based in Middleton, in June.

To donate visit www.justgiving.com and search ‘John Thornton’

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