Husband and Wife Team Take on Selby Three Swans Sportive for Yorkshire Cancer Research

15 August 2018

A husband and wife team are preparing to cycle 30 miles through Yorkshire’s stunning scenery to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Tim and Bev Hattersley, from Hemsworth, near Pontefract, have signed up to take part in the charity’s Selby Three Swans Sportive event following Bev’s recovery from breast cancer. 

Bev was diagnosed with cancer in January 2016. She underwent treatment, including a mastectomy, at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds. 

Last year, Tim took up running – something he’d always hated - and completed the Leeds 10K in tribute to the care Bev received, raising £1,500 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.  

Tim said: “We received brilliant support at St James’s. I decided I wanted to give something back for the sake of others facing cancer. Since then, Bev has been gaining strength so we decided to do something together to raise more money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Tim and Bev Hattersley are taking part in the Selby Three Swans Sportive to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research

“We started preparing for the bike ride at the local gym, before heading onto the roads during the summer. We’re hoping to raise at least £250 together.”

Charlie Jackett, Events Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We’re delighted Tim and Bev have chosen to support the charity again by taking part in the Selby Three Swans Sportive. It’s fantastic to see Bev going from strength-to-strength following her cancer treatment. We wish both of them the best of luck for the day. The money raised will help save lives in Yorkshire by funding vital research and community health projects throughout the county.”

The Selby Three Swans Sportive takes place on Sunday, September 2, and includes a choice of 30, 67 and 102-mile cycle distances. 

The event’s flat and picturesque routes, which start and finish at the famous Selby Abbey, have become firm favourites with beginners looking for their first sportive and more seasoned cyclists looking for a personal best.  

Last year a record 1,100 people crossed the finish line and, with improved feed stations, chip timing and new finishers’ medals, the charity is hoping the ride will continue to attract cyclists from across the region and beyond. The event is organised in partnership with Selby Cycling Club, Inspiring healthy lifestyles and Selby District Council.

For more information and to sign up for the Selby Three Swans Sportive, visit To sponsor Tim and Bev, visit



Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email:

Notes to Editors

  • Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
  • We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
  • Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
  • Current statistics show that 575 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
  • We aim to:
    • Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
    • Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
    • Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
    • Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
    • Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
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