Queen’s Park man to cycle from London to Paris in fundraising mission for health charity

Jeremy Clements of Clements Designs in Salusbury Road, takes on challenge in support of Cancer Research UK

A determined cyclist spurred on by his loved ones’ battles with cancer is riding to Paris to raise cash for charity.

Jeremy Clements, who owns Clements Designs in Salusbury Road, Queen’s Park, aims to cycle from London to the French capital in three days from June 21.

The 42-year-old is supporting Cancer Research UK after mum Claudette overcame bowel cancer and his best friend Samantha Barbic was diagnosed with the illness.

Mr Clements and five other riders, who form St Peregrine VC, plan to cycle 180 miles a day in the first of several cycle marathons to generate funds and awareness.

He said: “I am lucky to still have my mum. Many people are not so lucky, which is why I passionately believe in Cancer Research UK.

“All of us have experience of close ones suffering from cancer which is a big motivation for raising as much as we can. There’s no doubt we’ll make it to Paris.”

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Ms Barbic, who lives off Chamberlain Road, Kensal Rise, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, which affects the gullet, in January.

Since then she has undergone four courses of chemotherapy and a month of radiation therapy at Charing Cross Hospital.

The friends worked together for 10 years after meeting as 17-year-old students.

Ms Barbic, a successful set designer, said: “I have great admiration for what Jeremy has managed to achieve with the training. I am so proud of him. My treatment has been absolutely phenomenal. The caring, science and medical support is incredible.”

She continued: “I support more research. The problem with esophageal cancer is it is often diagnosed too late. I was ill for more than a year before diagnosis.”

The other cyclists are Trish and Mark Murphy, Angus Barber, Andrew Brabyn and Nick Butterfield.

For more information visit www.stperegrinevc.co.uk and to donate www.justgiving.com/St-Peregrine-VC