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Fundraising total for Selby Three Swans hits £50,000

Fundraising for Yorkshire Cancer Research through the Selby Three Swans Sportive has now exceeded £50,000.


About 1,100 people took part in the fifth annual event on Sunday, September 3, which was organised by Yorkshire Cancer Research in partnership with Selby Cycling Club, Selby District Council, and ‘Inspiring healthy lifestyles’, leisure operator for the council.


The event has become a firm favourite with cyclists of all abilities due to its flat, fast route and choice of three distances. The money raised will support innovative research and community health projects to help more people in Yorkshire survive cancer.




Among the participants were 12 members of staff from Leeds-based Wates Construction, who recently presented a cheque for £7,367 to Yorkshire Cancer Research.


As well as fundraising individually, the Wates team was supported with generous donations from the company’s supply chain partners. They were also successful in securing matched funding from Wates Giving, a charitable programme run by the Wates Family Enterprise Trust which invests in local community initiatives.


Paul Dodsworth, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction Yorkshire said: “Wates’ participation in the Selby Three Swans Sportive formed part of our Reshaping Tomorrow social responsibility activity and our approach to investing in the communities in which we work. The event also served as an opportunity for team building while raising money for a charity that has a local focus and touches many lives.



“Fitting in the necessary training miles into a busy work schedule was often challenging but everybody taking part was fully committed to ensuring they were fit and prepared ahead of the event. Many of the team began cycling to work as part of their training, while others carried out a number of long cycle rides on a weekend.


“Raising over £7,000 was a fantastic achievement and everybody in the team found taking part to be both enjoyable and incredibly rewarding.”


Victoria Wignall, from Selby Cycling Club, said: “We are delighted that the Selby Three Swans Sportive has raised £50,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research. Since setting up the event back in 2013, Selby Cycling Club has worked tirelessly to promote cycling and encourage more people to take up the sport.


“We were so proud to be able to partner Yorkshire Cancer Research and Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles to encourage this through this year’s Sportive, but at the same time help raise vital funds for such a worthwhile cause.”


Abbie Davis, Events and Partnership Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, added: “We are so incredibly proud of everyone who took part in the Selby Three Swans and helped to raise such an incredible amount this year. From corporate teams like Wates to an eight-year-old who completed the full 100 mile route, we’d like to say thank you to each and every participant.


“We’d also like to say a special thank you to everyone from Selby Cycling Club, who put in so many hours as ride marshals and pace setters and helping with general organisation. Without them the event simply wouldn’t be possible.”


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Picture captions: 1) Participants in this year’s Selby Three Swans Sportive celebrate crossing the finish line. 2) The Wates Construction team present a cheque for £7,367 to Yorkshire Cancer Research after taking part in the Selby Three Swans Sportive.

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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 565 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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