Brave Jon’s ride for char­ity

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Jon Bir­chall is soon to set off on a solo char­ity ride around the coast of Bri­tain... but for the 54-year-old, the trip will have spe­cial poignancy.

Farmer Jon is ter­mi­nally ill with kid­ney can­cer and has been given an es­ti­mated 30 month sur­vival time.

With the time he has left Jon has de­cided to un­der­take his life­long am­bi­tion on his Yamaha FJ1200 to raise aware­ness of early de­tec­tion of kid­ney can­cer.

The Here­ford­shire man has also set a tar­get of £50,000 to raise to fund a re­search as­sis­tant into treat­ments and an even­tual cure for kid­ney can­cer.

Jon will be start­ing his ride on June 6 in Black­pool and would love as many rid­ers as pos­si­ble to join his at the start and at any point in the ride.

He said: “I’m not a ‘do noth­ing’ per­son, and once I’d con­quered the ini­tial shock, I made my mind up to do ev­ery­thing I could to pre­vent other peo­ple suf­fer­ing the same fate.

“I want to em­pha­sise to ev­ery­one – in­clud­ing the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion – the vi­tal im­por­tance of early di­ag­no­sis of kid­ney can­cer.”

To find out more or to do­nate to the cause go to: www.facin­gup2kid­n­ey­

Jon Bir­chall is determined to make the most of his time left to do some good.

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