Cycle team raise cash in memory of friends

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Two teachers from Belper have set off on their challenge to cycle 380 miles in four days to raise money in memory of friends who died of cancer.

Ash Mistry, aged 33 and Michael Lear, 48, are taking on the challenge with friends, Shaun Reynolds, 30, of Derby and Bhavin 
Prajapti, 25, of Bradford.

The group set off from Belper on Sunday, March 31, and were due to arrive in Plymouth on April 3.
Their aim is to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan, the cancer care and support charity and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children and young people fighting life- threatening conditions.

This will be the third similar challenge for Ash, who has in the past cycled from London to Paris and from Belper to Edinburgh.

Ash, a maths teacher at Mill Hill School in Ripley, said: “Over the previous two challenges we have raised more than £2,000 and I would love to hit £2,500.

“I am raising money for Macmillan because I had two close friends diagnosed with cancer last year who lost their fight and I would like to make a contribution to the hard work the charity does.” To donate visit