Cash raised despite naked bet
INSPIRATIONAL Marco Cash suffered saddle sores and exhaustion on his 300-mile cycle ride to raise £6,000 for terminally ill Ipswich girl.But the 37-year-old owner of Ipswich's Golden Lion Hotel could not be persuaded to cycle the last five miles of his journey into Brussels naked – despite the offer of an extra £500.
INSPIRATIONAL Marco Cash suffered saddle sores and exhaustion on his 300-mile cycle ride to raise £6,000 for terminally ill Ipswich girl.
But the 37-year-old owner of Ipswich's Golden Lion Hotel could not be persuaded to cycle the last five miles of his journey into Brussels naked – despite the offer of an extra £500.
Mr Cash, of Henley, hit the road with nothing but his trusty pedal-bike and cycled the 320-mile round trip from Ipswich to Belgium and back again.
After cycling 14 hours a day, Mr Cash has arrived back in Ipswich following a gruelling four days.
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He completed the marathon journey in a bid to raise money to take five-year-old Indiana Perry on a once-in-lifetime holiday to swim with dolphins.
Indiana, who lives with her parents Kath and Mick in Ipswich's Locarno Road, is suffering from a terminal brain tumour and has featured in the Evening Star.
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Mr Cash said: "Indiana has not got long to live and so I wanted to do something to help. I thought about cycling to Glasgow, but looked on the map and saw that there were lots of mountains to cross, so I decided to go somewhere flat.
"I cycled to Harwich, where I got a boat to the Hook of Holland. I then cycled to Ostend and then to Brussels – and then all the way back.
"A friend of mine sent me a text message saying that he would give me £500 if I cycled the last five miles into Brussels naked, but I didn't do it!
"It was very, very tiring, especially as I had only done two weeks training. But the worst bit of it was the saddle sores."
Many have rallied together to try and raise money for Indiana.
Adrian Marjoram, who owns Quality Furnishings on Felixstowe Road, is donating £25 from every sofa he sells to Indiana's appeal.
A recent fete at the Gainsborough Sports Centre also raised £2,000.
The next event planned is a charity dinner and dance at Mizu noodle bar on Sunday August 24 on Corn Hill in Ipswich.
All proceeds on the night will go towards Indiana's appeal and £25 tickets are available from the Golden Lion Hotel.