TWO workmates completed the challenge of a lifetime when they cycled the length of the country to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Mark Angus and Colin Greenwell, who both work for Rillington cable cleat manufacturing company Ellis Patents, rode from Land’s End to John O’Groats in a 1,076 mile journey that took them 10 days to complete.
The pair have raised £4,670 for their chosen charity, which will go towards improving cancer outcomes in Yorkshire. With added Gift Aid, they will have smashed their fundraising target of £5,000.
41-year-old Colin, who lives in West Heslerton, said: “We’d done a bit of cycling before but this year we felt like giving ourselves a proper challenge and raising money for a good cause.
“We really enjoyed doing the ride together. Everybody was really friendly and we stayed in some great bed and breakfasts. We’d been looking forward to Scotland the most and it rained pretty much every day, but we still managed to enjoy the stunning scenery.”
Colin and Mark, who is 43 and lives in Scampston, trained by cycling 100 miles every week. They cycled between 96 and 128 miles every day during the challenge, and were supported by Mark’s parents.
Mark added: “My dad planned the route and my mum booked all the bed and breakfasts. They also supported us on the route, although we didn’t get one puncture, so we were very lucky. We’re really grateful to them and to my wife Faye and Colin’s wife Linzi and the girls for their support when we were training and fundraising.
“We’d also like to say a huge thank you to all the people who sponsored us. We were overwhelmed by how generous everyone was.”
Louise Robinson, Regional Fundraiser for North Yorkshire at Yorkshire Cancer Research said: “Cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats is an incredibly tough challenge and we’d like to congratulate Mark and Colin on such a huge achievement. The money raised 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.”
Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.