We are cycling from the northernmost Cancer Research UK centre in England (Newcastle) to the southernmost centre (Southampton) to fundraise and increase awareness of the geographical coverage of CRUK as well as the fact that CRUK research into all different types of cancer (more than 200).
Having both been widowed at the age of 52, due to our spouses dying from cancer, we recognise the importance of CRUK’s work and want to save other families from having to go through this devastating experience.
Since the deaths of Pam and Philip in 2007 and 2009, we became more and more involved with CRUK. In addition to fundraising, we became Cancer Campaigns Ambassadors in Sheffield and Wantage respectively, campaigning to improve early diagnosis of cancer and get legislation introduced for Standard Packs for cigarettes. We met increasingly at training and lobbying events and to cut a short story even shorter, becoming much more than volunteer colleagues, we married in December 2016.
We have done many fundraising activities over the last few years. Sue’s most recent fundraising challenges include climbing Kilimanjaro and cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats. Patrick has primarily focused on running events, including the London marathon in 2014 and again in April this year. However, his favoured running event is the half marathon and he will have completed another 3 this year. Having had a 40 year sabbatical from cycling(!), Patrick bought a bike in January 2017 to join Sue in successfully completing the 101 CRUK Shop Cycle in 2017. Last year we got back on our bikes to do our 3 Peaks Ultra challenge for CRUK. To share some of our highlights and lowlights of these challenges, read some of the blog posts…
We are both passionate about supporting CRUK and determined to play whatever role we can to support CRUK’s bold ambition of 3 in 4 patients surviving cancer by 2034 and to reduce the number of families whose lives are devastated by cancer. Together We Will Beat Cancer