Gary Hotchkies

When Gary was diagnosed with potential bowel cancer in 2016, he began the battle of his life.

“I went to the doctor with a few stomach pains – nothing very serious. I was sent for one scan, then another. Then I had a meeting with a consultant who said I needed surgery,”

A nurse handed me an envelope about the operation which also contained information about bowel cancer. That’s when it hit me and my wife Sam – we didn’t expect to hear the word ‘cancer’. It turned our world upside down.

However after several different treatments Gary was fortunately told his was cancer clear. Armed with a new appreciation for life, he has attacked several challenges and wanted to take on the Ride London event, so he called up his crew and Martin Chattin and brother Brian all answered the call!

After they had signed up, the race took on a new poignancy after dear friend Scott who had been diagnosed with bowel cancer unfortunately lost his battle, leaving behind his young family. On the 29th of July when they set off from Surrey and make their way along the grueling 100 mile ride ending along The Mall, Scott is sadly missed and will be on the journey with the Chuggers.

Gary Hotchkies