Former colleagues of a Home Office programme manager who died two years ago are taking on a 3rd year of fundraising in his memory to cycle from Morcambe to Bridlington at the end of August.

Friends and co-workers of Graham Dunn have teamed up for the 170-mile ride known as the ‘Way of the Roses’ from Lancashire to Yorkshire in aid of Dimbleby Cancer Care.  In 2013 and 2014 the team took on the London to Brighton cycle challenge.

Graham, a former RAF Wing Commander from Weston-super-Mare, was an IT project leader at the Home Office and played a pivotal role in launching the Police National Database. He died from bowel cancer in July 2013 at the age of 56.

Peter Walters, 50, from Crosby in Liverpool, said: “Graham was not only a pleasure to work with but he was also a good friend and a truly inspirational person.

“Graham was brave, optimistic, and kept on going with work even during his long battle with cancer and after he passed away we all agreed that we wanted to mark his life with an annual event. This is the third year we have taken part in a cycling challenge and have so far, accumulatively, raised more than £7,000 for the charity.

“The ride this year will be much more challenging due to the terrain. We’ve done some training and got the proper kit this year but it will still be a real achievement to get everyone over the Pennines in one piece because we are not pro cyclists, mostly just happy amateurs. As a team at work we worked together to ensure success and we will transfer this ethos to our challenge and fulfill our team motto: ‘we start together and we finish together’.”

Peter will be joined by Mark Richards, 51, from Liverpool, Dave Pinnington, 50, from Cambridge, Keith Floyd, 53, from Rugby and Paul Barker,49, and Darren Crawford, 46, both from Northampton.

The group will set off on 29 August for two days and hope to raise £2,000. All funds raised will go to Dimbleby Cancer Care’s Care For The Future appeal, which aims to raise £500,000 by the end of 2016.

Robin Pritchard, director at Dimbleby Cancer Care, said: “We are so proud of the dedication of Peter and the team who continue to raise vital funds for us in memory of Graham year after year. It is this kind of support that small charities like us rely on, and enables us to continue our work helping people living with cancer. We’ve got our fingers crossed for good weather for them this year!”

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