Charity cyclist stops off on Bute

Stephen Stuart is in the middle of a cycling challenge, taking him 5,000 miles across the UK, all in aid of Diabetes UK and Cancer Research UK.
Stephen Stuart is in the middle of a cycling challenge, taking him 5,000 miles across the UK, all in aid of Diabetes UK and Cancer Research UK.

A Nottingham man, diagnosed with cancer and diabetes, is embarking on a 5000 mile journey taking him across the UK - with a visit to Bute - to raise money for two national charities.

Stephen Stuart of Calverton, Nottingham, has type two diabetes and is battling cancer, and having lost his wife to cancer and with his mother diagnosed with diabetes, felt he had to do something. He is supporting Diabetes UK and Cancer Research UK.

Currently unemployed, Stephen was told he was too ill to receive Jobseeker’s Allowance, and due to other issues, at one point was left with no income to speak of for six months. This challenge, he hopes, will make it clear that he is capable of working.

“I’ve never felt as fit and healthy as I do now,” he told us on Thursday morning.

“I set off on May 19 and I’ve been to Skegness, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond and Glencoe. The West Highland Way was fantastic, but Glencoe in particular - wow, what a place!”

Stephen in hoping to complete his challenge in August, and at the rate he’s going, will more than likely reach his target ahead of schedule.

* If you’d like to support Stephen by making a donation, visit his Just Giving page by clicking on the link to the right of this article.