Hassan is raising funds for St Ann’s as we cared for Sue Butterworth who died last month (July) of breast cancer, aged 48.
The pair became friends when Hassan was a voluntary complementary therapist at The Christie where Sue was undergoing clinical trials as part of her treatment.
Hassan (71) will cycle from the Channel to the Mediterranean on September 28, a two-week adventure that takes him and friends Terry Butler and Jeremy Dick from the port of Caen to Nice.
There they plan to meet their wives and undoubtedly drink a toast to Sue, an art teacher from Chorlton, whose zest for life provided the inspiration for his latest challenge.
Sue was a fabulous person and irrepressible. She even did the design for the cycle jersey for this journey. It was also used on similar expeditions through Ireland and Italy which I undertook in the past two years for other charities and I felt she was on my back, always egging me on during challenging moments.
Sue always had a big smile and retained her humour to the last stages of her life, encouraging everyone to approach their own journey in a positive way. Sue needed the support and care of St Ann's in her last few months. The hospice also supported her husband Cassian and mother Lynn through this very emotionally-challenging period and I'd like to enable the charity to continue with their wonderful work for others in need and in Sue's memory. Hassan Pillai