A MAN who lost two friends to cancer has raised more than £7,000 for charity on his bike.

Nigel Critchley, who lives in Cardiff but works in Treforest took on the gruelling challenge of cycling from North to South Wales in just 16 hours to raise vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Nigel commenced his 215 mile bike ride from Holyhead to Cardiff over Friday July 18 and Saturday July 19. He received fantastic support from friends, family and work colleagues of GMAC UK PLC, based at Treforest, which raised an amazing £7282.20.

As Nigel cycles to work everyday from the Heath area in Cardiff, he decided to do the bike ride to support Marie Curie Cancer Care as a close friend of his Angela Reed sadly passed away at The Marie Curie Hospice, Penarth in May of this year after only being diagnosed with Cancer in February.

In addition to the loss of his friend a work colleague from GMAC UK was also nursed by Marie Curie and also sadly died in April, aged only 31.

Nigel said: "Sadly most people have had experience of cancer, through friends, family work etc. I believe 1 in 3 people will contract some form of cancer in their lifetime which is frightening.

"All donations were voluntary, I never asked a single person to support me, which makes the total all the more incredible.

"I think the charity I was supporting helped to enthuse people to support me. Some of my team held raffles, others quizzes. Some got their Nan's to bake cakes or brought items to sell all contributed in some way to the overall result."

Helen Griffiths, community fundraiser for the Hospice added: "I am delighted to except this money on behalf of everyone at the Marie Curie Hospice, Nigel has worked extremely hard in raising this money and the profile of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

"I would also like to thank all his colleagues at GMAC UK for all their support, it sounds like they all got involved in helping to achieve this fantastic achievement."