Steve rides for charity caring for his wife Sue

Lee Herring and his mum Sue.
Lee Herring and his mum Sue.

The husband of a cancer sufferer has pledged to cycle 75 miles to raise money for the charity that helped bring a smile back to his wife’s face.

Popular mum-of-two Sue Herring, now 55, was first diagnosed with cancer when she was 48. She had a mastectomy on one of her breasts and the other was operated on to make sure the cancer was gone.

But five years later, doctors found cancer in her spine.

Her tumour snapped two vertebrae, causing her to shrink from 5ft 1ns to 4ft 7ins.

She now gets care at her home in Chapel Meadow, New Mill, from Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care.

She struggles to eat without being sick and weighs just 61/2 stone.

Husband Steve, 54, said: “I do believe she would not have made it through Christmas if it was not for Iain Rennie.”

He will now ride 75 miles in the charity’s Chilterns Cycle Challenge to raise cash for the good cause.

The event – which also has 10km and 35-mile challenge – is on Sunday, March 24.

Steve said: “Sue used to go cycling with me before this cancer.”

She was night-time supervisor at a Tesco in Aylesbury, and took great joy from walking her two dogs and watching her son Lee, 24, play football for Tring Athletic.

She can now do very little, needs a wheelchair to get about and Lee has moved back home to act as her carer.

Her other son Mark, 25, regularly takes her to hospital for treatment. Steve said IRGH nurses have helped her a lot.

He said: “It’s been so lovely to see Sue smile again and I’d like to do whatever I can to make sure that other families can also benefit from this wonderful service.”

Entry to the Chilterns Cycle Challenge – which begins and ends in Kingsbury Square, Aylesbury – is £15 for adults and £7.50 for five- to 16-year-olds. Sign up at www.rennieway.org or by ringing 01442 820740. Sponsor Steve at www.justgiving.com/Steven-HerringChilternsCycleChallenge2013