When Dillon Vincent was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year he knew he could always count on his best friends for support.
The 24-year-old from Rayners Lane, who has been battling the deadly disease for three months, was surprised to learn his closest pals got on their bikes earlier this month to raise money for a cancer charity.
The 12 men met at their local pub, The Pinner Arms, on December 5, before setting off on a gruelling 59-mile bike ride to Brighton, raising about £6,000.
The money will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.
Recruitment consultant Liam Francis, 25, from Hatch End, organised the event.
He said: "Having known Dillon for more than 20 years, I felt compelled not to just sit back and do nothing, but to organise a charity event with two main aims - one of which was to raise awareness for Cancer Research UK and the Macmillan nurses who have been looking after Dillon who I have the utmost admiration for, the other was to raise as much money as possible."
Other friends who took part were Matt Hake, 28, from Ruislip, Joel Hannington, 22, from Ruislip, Dean Colwill, 24, from Pinner, Lee Hammond, 25, from Ruislip,
Andy Faulkner, 24, from Pinner, Matt Harper, 27, from Eastcote, Stuart Harper, 19, from Eastcote, Stevie Taylor, 21, from North Harrow, Paul Blessing, 40, from Ruislip, Alex Lowman, 20, from Pinner and David Cook, 24, from Pinner.
The men cycled to Clapham Common before hitting the A4 to Brighton.
Liam said: "Everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed themselves and took massive pride in the whole experience to earn money for such a noble cause. It just goes to show that everyone can do their bit.
"We are already planning future events, so watch this space."
Dillon has been overwhelmed by the support he has received from his friends.
He said: "When I found out my mates were doing a charity bike ride I was pretty surprised. Liam has been one of my best mates for years and we went to Nower Hill High School together. He rings me every day to see how I am doing. I am so proud to have friends like them. They would normally be down the pub having a pint. There is no way I thought they would do such a great thing for charity.
"My treatment has been going well, and I have been given a month off chemotherapy, which is good news. It is a shame I couldn't do the bike ride myself. I am already thinking about taking part in charity events in the future to say thanks, especially to Macmillan nurses, who have been helping me through this time."