Welcome home Paul!

Paul receiving a cheque for £250 from Suham Sidani, President of Beverley Rotary Club towards Paul’s fund-raising for Macmillan).

Local hotelier Paul Whymant arrived home yesterday (June 30th) after completing a marathon two-month cycling and poetry tour of England and Scotland, during which he has visited 35 cancer hospitals and raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support in the process. Paul, chairman of the family-owned Tickton Grange Hotel, dismounted his bike for the last time when he arrived at Castle Hill Hospital’s oncology unit in Cottingham.

It was an important landmark moment for Paul, not just because it marks the final destination on a 1,500-mile journey, but Castle Hill is where he underwent surgery and chemotherapy and then three years of immunotherapy treatment after being diagnosed with bladder cancer. Paul decided on his unique fund-raiser because it combined two of his great loves. While in recovery he spent his “poorly days” reading and writing poetry and his “better days” riding his bike through the fresh air of the Yorkshire Wolds.

Setting off on the May Day bank holiday, he has cycled on a route around the country, visiting cancer hospitals along the way. At each location he met and talked with staff and patients and read a specially-written poem, “Red Leather Yellow Feather”, which uses his journey as a metaphor for life’s challenges. He describes the marathon and the people he has met along the way as a “humbling experience”.

Macmillan staff and volunteers, along with members of Paul’s family, were there to greet him at Castle Hill along with Suham Sidani, President of Beverley Rotary Club, who presented him with a cheque for £250 to swell the fund-raising total.

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