A BUSINESS in Tadley is set to cycle 300 miles to raise money for a cause close to the company's hearts.

Anesco Limited, based in Tadley, are due to cycle from Carlisle, starting on June 8, and set to finish the route at their offices in Easter Park, Benyon Road on June 13.

The cycle has been organised in memory of a former member of the Anesco team. Sean Gannon, who was an Anesco engineer, lost his battle with a lesser-known form of cancer on Christmas Day in 2021. 

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In fond memory of Sean, work friends have organised a charity bike ride from their most northern site in Carlisle to the Anesco head office near Tadley. The charity bike ride will be raising money for Sarcoma UK, as picked by Kate Gannon, Sean's Wife.

Taking part in the charity bike ride are Chris Stirling, Brendan Davies, Chris Lowe, Gary Crossley, Ian Corrick, Jamie Jackson, Jamie Rowland, Kev McLeman, Tom King and Tom Wales. 

Sarcomas are cancers that can affect any part of the body, on the inside or outside, including the muscle, bone, tendons, blood vessels and fatty tissues. Sarcoma is rare, with only 15 people diagnosed with sarcoma every day in the UK. The two main types of sarcoma are soft tissue sarcoma and bone sarcoma.

A former colleague of Sean's, Paul Hoddinott said: "Sean was a great guy, always happy and full of life. I Wish I had got to work with him for longer but in the time I did, I classed him as a mate. From taking me on a 'Gavin and Stacey' tour of Barry on the way home to telling me about Kate and the children, there was never a quiet or dull moment."

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Tom Wales, who is taking part in the charity cycle, said: "I worked with Sean and ended up as his line manager for the last year when he was sick. We both shared a huge love for boxing which we spoke about at length on many occasions.

"It's an honour to do something for his legacy and raise awareness of this hideous disease and the effect it has on families like Seans. I couldn't be more proud of the team who've stepped up to take this challenge."

To donate to the team, go to gofundme.com/f/anescos-for-sean-charity-cycle-ride.