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Last Updated: Monday, 7 June, 2004, 17:55 GMT 18:55 UK
Fundraiser bikes back to cheers
Jane Tomlinson
Cheering crowds line the street as Jane arrives in Leeds
More than 1,000 people flocked to the centre of Leeds to welcome home charity fundraiser Jane Tomlinson at the end of her 36-day bike ride from Rome.

Mrs Tomlinson, who has terminal cancer, left St Peter's Square on 3 May on a tandem with her brother Luke Goward.

The pair completed the gruelling trip to the applause of the crowd outside the Leeds city art gallery at 1336 BST on Monday.

There to greet her were her husband Mike and two of their three children.

'Time together'

The Rome-to-home ride has raised 160,000 for cancer charities.

On her arrival, Mrs Tomlinson, 40, said: "It has been a fabulous adventure."

And she added that this will be the end of her epic series of fundraising events.

"This will be the last event of this kind.

"We put a lot of time and energy into this and we need some time together.

"I'm just so glad to be back and - I really, really mean it - this is the end of my fundraising."

Husband Mike, 43 , who has been at home with the children, wept with tears of pride as he spoke about his wife's achievements.

"Three years ago at this time we couldn't have ever dreamt she was going to be alive another year, but to have lived and to do this is just amazing.

"Jane's life's ultimately is going to be a tragedy. It's not going to be a happy Hollywood ending. She's not Lance Armstrong and she's never going to recover. But today, today's not a tragedy - it's a triumph."

Among the civic leaders there to greet the pair as they crossed the finish line was the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Neil Taggart.

Cllr Taggart announced that there would be a special fundraising day in the city on Wednesday 30 June in an attempt to take the total raised by Mrs Tomlinson over the 1m mark.

He said: "Jane has rightly received local, national and international attention and support for her courage and determination.

"This is the chance for her home city to celebrate her amazing achievements and help her reach her deserved target."




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