Trooper Dan drops in for a nice cuppa

22/10/2011'Daniel Thompson arrives at Cancer Research UK, Hemel Hempstead.
22/10/2011'Daniel Thompson arrives at Cancer Research UK, Hemel Hempstead.

STAFF at the Cancer Research shop in Marlowes were delighted to welcome a special visitor who had cycled 60 miles to be there.

Daniel Thompson, a 32-year-old father of three, pedalled from Milton Keynes to raise cash for the charity after losing his father last year.

Daniel dropped in on Saturday as part of a six-month tour of Cancer Research shops, which has so far raised around £900 since he started out on September 30.

Shop manager Theresa McDonagh said: “We got the flags out and the volunteers were outside wishing him well and giving him a cup of tea.

“It’s so good he decided to pop down to the shop – he’s a trooper.

“He is really such an inspiration to so many people.”

Daniel is also raising money for the British Heart Foundation, which has supported him in dealing with a life-long condition.

His wife Marie said: “He is camping throughout the coldest months of the year and during the day he will be trying to raise money at local shops and also cycling to different charity shops across the region.

“It may sound outrageous, but he thought it would be a great way to raise money for the charities.”