I'm home for good, says Tomlinson after 1,905-mile charity ride

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Jane Tomlinson insisted she was home to stay with her family in Leeds yesterday, after her gruelling 1,905-mile, fund-raising bike ride.

Jane Tomlinson insisted she was home to stay with her family in Leeds yesterday, after her gruelling 1,905-mile, fund-raising bike ride.

Mrs Tomlinson, who is dying of cancer, was greeted by thousands of well-wishers as she and her brother Luke Goward ended their Rome-to-home tandem trip.

In tears, the 40-year-old who has inspired millions with her courageous journey that raised £160,000 for charity, embraced her husband and children. "You're not home until you are with your family," she said, with her husband Mike and children Suzanne, 19, and Steven, seven. "I'm just so glad to be back and - I really, really mean it - this is the end of my fund-raising." Colleagues from Leeds General Infirmary and St James's Hospital in Leeds, where the brother and sister work, welcomed them back, with Leeds city council staff, well-wishers and relatives. Her daughter Rebecca, 16, could not meet her mother because she is doing her GCSE exams. Her eldest, Suzanne, was celebrating her 19th birthday.

Mrs Tomlinson has spent 36 days away from them and from her job as a paediatric radiographer; she plans to return to work this week.

Her brother, 39, is back with his wife Karen, 39, and three children Sue, 13, Peter, nine, and Tom, eight. He said: "Fantastic. I can't believe we've come all this way. I'm just glad to be with my family." The route included Florence, Pisa, Monte Carlo, Amiens, Lille, Paris, London, Birmingham and Nottingham. In 2001, Mrs Tomlinson was given months to live after breast cancer spread to her lungs and bones. Since then she has completed three London Marathons, the London Triathlon, the Gatorade Half-Ironman Triathlon and cycled from John O'Groats to Land's End, raising £648,000 for charity.

Contributions can be made at www.justgiving. com/Janesappeal, or sent to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Yorkshire Building Society, Commercial Street, Rothwell, Leeds LS26 0AW. Sort code: 57-00-45. Account 5349471430. Phone donations can be made on 0845 1200 829

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