AN army training consultant from Thurnscoe is swapping patrols for pedals by taking part in a 35-mile cycle for the hospital that treated his wife for cancer.

Simon Henderson, 36, plans to raise money for the hospital with The Big Pedal - a new cycling event in Barnsley organised by Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

The fundraiser will be held on Sunday, June 16 at Worsbrough Mill and Country Park and as well as the 35-mile road ride there will be four and two mile family-friendly bike rides.

Simon's wife Joanne was treated for cancer at Weston Park.

He said: "Joanne had a malignant melanoma removed from her leg in 2008 and visited Weston Park Hospital for treatment.

"The way she was treated and cared for during our visits was superb and we cannot thank the staff enough for their dedication during such a difficult time."

Having served in the army for more than 12 years, Simon is no stranger to taking on a challenge and is keen to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

Simon added: "Recently, a good friend of mine, Jonny, lost his battle with stomach cancer and I want to take part in the ride in his memory.

"Although the 35 mile ride will pose a challenge, it is one that I am eager to complete. The memory of my late friend will, without a doubt, encourage me to keep pedalling on the day."

Weston Park, the only dedicated cancer hospital in the region, cares for almost 9,000 people from Barnsley every year and its clinicians visit Barnsley Hospital several times a week to provide day case chemotherapy treatments.