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Top road racer Lee Johnston pledges to raise £13k for Marie Curie after his father's cancer diagnosis

By Paul Lindsay

Top motorcycle road racer Lee Johnston is looking to raise £13,000 for Marie Curie, after his father Everitt was diagnosed with cancer.

The double Vauxhall International North West 200 winner said: "One of the worst feelings in the world is not being able to help people close to your heart.

"For that reason alone I'm starting this charity [drive], as the sad fact is - nearly everyone is close to someone with cancer."

The Co Fermanagh rider added: "It's a well-known fact that racers and race fans are very generous when it comes to supporting charities, so I'm hoping everyone gets involved, by simply donating, purchasing a T-shirt or phone cover."

He has picked a blunt logo for his racing helmet, F13K CANCER.

Lee said: "Some people might think the logo is rude or offensive, but when I think of cancer it's the first thing I say, f*** cancer, so I thought, why not use this as our logo?" Johnston has made the racing number 13 his own in recent seasons, so he decided to integrate the double digit into in his Marie Curie funding process.

"The plan is to raise £13,000. So what I've organised throughout the 2015 season is to auction top riders' helmets and other interesting bits and pieces, with all proceeds going to the brave and dedicated band of nurses at Marie Curie.

"These wonderful people open their hearts and help patients in the last days of their lives, which personally I think is an unbelievably selfless thing to do."

Further details and to purchase t-shirts or other merchandise visit campaign webpage.

  • Donate by texting FOUR64 and an amount to 70070.

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