People are being encouraged to follow in the footsteps of city resident Caroline Titley and sign up for the London to Paris bike ride 2014.
Caroline, who took part in London to Paris recently, explained why she decided to cycle 500km for Marie Curie Cancer Care
She said: “It was a dark and rainy Thursday evening and I was closeted with a selection of very good if slightly odd friends in a London pub. Talk meandered through various topics until it came to whether it was better to give time or money to charitable organisations.”
“Enter stage left, Mary Meekings, recently the proud holder of a Community Fundraising position at Marie Curie Cancer Care. She argued that with Marie Curie you could do both, with the added bonus of cycling your bottom into shape. Decision made. Little did I know that at the time I would cycle, I was two weeks pregnant, and so baby Aurele and I made the trip together.”
“After deciding to support Marie Curie, I looked into the charity further and talked to various friends and relatives who had experienced the deeply emotional sight of seeing the death of a loved one, but who had also had the fortune of having access to the Marie Curie care system. I heard only good things which reassured me in the decision I had made, and made me realise how cycling the hundred’s of kilometres through the rain, snow and hail on my beautiful, very, very blue bike called ‘Nathaniel’ would have a direct impact on terminally ill patients and their families.”
“Completing the challenge proved to me that I was capable of attaining a level of fitness and the strength of character that is needed for any great (proportionately – it’s no Everest obviously) physical endeavour. I also proved that I was capable of raising money on a grand scale, for a very worthy charity, after smashing my fundraising target – something that I had never done before!”
Marie Curie Cancer Care Buckinghamshire Community Fundraiser, Hazel Bendon said; “We rely on the generosity and adventurous spirit of people like Caroline to push themselves to new challenges, to help us continue to care for patients so that they can spend their last days at home with their families. In Milton Keynes alone last year the charity cared for 64 patients, providing 3,031 hours of care, so any Milton Keynes participants fundraising will directly help us care for more terminally ill patients in the town.”
Open to anyone over the age of 18, registration costs £150 and everyone is asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £1,450. The trek aims to raise £96,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care, which equates to 4,800 hours of nursing care.
For more, visit the website at https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/en-gb/events/overseas-charity-challenge/London-to-Paris-Cycle---9161/ or call 01604 442313.