As a family we’re grateful that the charity was able to support him through such a difficult time.
Thursday 1st September 2016
Jackie, aged 32, will be cycling the 961 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats over 13 days in September. She is completing the gruelling challenge in memory of her brother Richard, who turned to the Samaritans for support after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Jackie said: 'We discovered after Richard died in 2003 that he had been making regular donations to the Isle of Man branch of the Samaritans.
'So it seems like a fitting way of honouring his memory – and excellent motivation for the 960-plus miles ahead – to give something back to the Samaritans.
'As my eldest brother, he would have given me a lot of grief for even thinking of doing it…but would have been secretly quite proud of what a Turley could achieve!'
Jackie will be joined on her cycling adventure by two close friends, Liz Jones and Chris Harris, who are also fundraising for a charity close to their hearts.
The trio will be setting off from Land's End on September 4 and will be cycling about 70 miles a day to reach journey's end at Scotland's most northerly point on September 16.
Along the route they will be calling on the hospitality of friends and family members to put them up for the night where possible, and staying at B&Bs and hostels elsewhere.
Jackie's mum Jean, Liz's mum Jane and Chris's dad Kevin have very kindly agreed to take on the unenviable task of support driver, ready to race them to the nearest bike shop if emergency repairs are needed.
Jackie said: 'Cycling from one end of the UK to the other is a classic cycle challenge and ambition that Liz and I have long held.
'I cycled across Peruvian wilderness on a mountain bike a few years ago but only bought my first road bike last September, and it's taken a bit of getting used to!
'The Isle of Man's hilly landscape provides the perfect training ground for the challenge and I'm gradually increasing my weekly mileage so that come September I feel prepared for what lies ahead.'
To keep up to date with Jackie's progress and to make a donation see her blog