Harrogate Boy Wins Fundraising Award After Completing Great Yorkshire Bike Ride

23 November 2016

An eight-year-old boy from Harrogate has been awarded for raising £1,272 for charity by completing the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride.

James Beagley, who attends Oatlands Junior School, was presented with the ‘Junior Sponsorship Award’ by the event organiser John Taylorson MBE at a presentation evening on Saturday (November 19).

Eight-year-old James Beagley has been awarded with the ‘Junior Sponsorship Award’ after raising £1,288 for charity by taking part in the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride

The Great Yorkshire Bike Ride, which takes place annually in June, involves cycling 70 miles from Wetherby to Filey. It was the first time James had taken part in an organised bike ride and the first time he had completed such a huge distance.

The ride attracts 2,000 entrants each year and has raised more than £2.7m for its recipient charities since it was first held in 1984. Participants in this year’s event have raised £111,068 so far. 

James said: “I enjoyed the ride a lot. It was definitely a big challenge but a great event and it was nice to arrive at the seaside at the end.”

James and his dad Robin wearing their Yorkshire Cancer Research t-shirts on a training ride

James was inspired to enter the charity ride by his parents. His dad Robin, a keen cyclist, first took part in the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride in 1986, and has since been a regular participant. 

One of the chosen charities for this year’s event was Yorkshire Cancer Research, a charity James’ mum Jo has worked with to raise awareness of ovarian cancer following her diagnosis two years ago. 

James added: “My dad did the bike ride when he was aged 13 and I wanted to do it at a younger age than he did. Also the money raised went to good causes including Yorkshire Cancer Research. 

“I’m definitely riding it next year and would recommend it to anyone who wants a challenge. The food stops along the route are great.”

Yorkshire Cancer Research will receive a donation of £11,000 from the money raised by participants, which will help to raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it, promote screening programmes to increase early detection and fund innovative research projects, from diagnosis to end-of-life care.

Charles Rowett, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We would like to say a massive congratulations to James and a huge thank you to John and everyone who helped to make this year’s Great Yorkshire Bike Ride a success. The money raised will fund patient-centred research and community health initiatives that will help more people in Yorkshire survive cancer.”
For more information about the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride, please visit www.gybr.co.uk. To read Jo’s blog about her diagnosis with cancer, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/josblog.  




Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: nikki@ycr.org.uk

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 575 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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