Husband's brave ride in memory of wife
A husband has spoken of his plans to honour the memory of his wife and mother to his three sons who died after battling breast cancer.Mike Lee, 45, from Shipden Avenue in Cromer, will be taking on the Norwich 100 mile bicycle ride which takes place on Sunday, June 6 this year, raising money for Big C, the cancer charity for Norfolk and Waveney.
A husband has spoken of his plans to honour the memory of his wife and mother to his three sons who died after battling breast cancer.
Mike Lee, 45, from Shipden Avenue in Cromer, will be taking on the Norwich 100 mile bicycle ride which takes place on Sunday, June 6 this year, raising money for Big C, the cancer charity for Norfolk and Waveney.
Mr Lee lost his wife, Jayne, with whom he had three sons Danny, 22, Callum, 20, and Josh, 19, to breast cancer eight years ago, on the day of her 34th birthday.
Speaking about Mrs Lee, who worked for a time at the Morrisons store in Cromer but was mainly a mother to her three sons, Mr Lee said: 'She was a perfect mother, everyone got on really well with her and she never had a bad word to say about anyone.'
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The couple had met when Mrs Lee, who was originally from Sheringham, was 15 and Mr Lee was 19.
Mr Lee said: 'She had just always wanted to be a mother, she lived for her children. There are still times when it is hard to believe she is not there, especially when I see things like the boys growing up, getting girlfriends and moving out of home, she should be here to see that.
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'She would have been so proud of them; she gave them a great start in life.'
He added: 'After being diagnosed in March 2000 she endured many months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments which took their toll on her, yet she always tried to battle on and smile through all the difficult times.
'That is a good reason to help Big C, which is why I am going to cycle 100 miles around Norfolk, which is flat apparently until you start training on your bike for an event like this and then you know different.'
After losing his wife Mr Lee joined the Way Foundation, a self help group for young widowed people, which he says was a great help and through which he met his current partner Roz.
He says he is now looking forward to the challenge of the bike ride and being able to raise money for the cancer charity.
Mr Lee, who works for Purcell, Miller Tritton, an architect firm based in Norwich, said the company is trying to raise funds for Big C throughout this year, so when the chance to do the Norwich 100 came along he decided to go for it.
He has now started building up his reserves, cycling up to 55 miles so far in his training.
He said: 'I have never done a bike ride like this before. My brother Rob got me into cycling after Jayne died, and he is the one who has been going out with me training for the Norwich 100 and spurring me on.'
The Norwich 100 starts in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral and heads up to Reepham, a shorter route looping back past Blickling Hall while the 100-milers head up to the coast and then east taking in the broads before returning to the finish at the cathedral.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Mr Lee, can do so via www.justgiving.com/Mike-Lee and anyone wishing to find out more about the Norwich 100, can do so via www.bike-events.com.