I am 70 this year it happened on the 3rd Sept! Yikes! So I thought I would register reaching such an ancient age by cycling from Zaragoza (230 miles north of Madrid) to Gibraltar. Slightly, mad I know but I have always loved cycling. I set off on Wednesday 11th Sept on the 09.24hrs Eurostar from Paddington, to Paris Gare du Nord. Then I hot foot it to Paris Gare du Lyon to catch the TGV (fast train) to Barcelona Sants, then on to Zaragoza. Hoping to reach Gibraltar sometime mid to third week in October, and flying back to Gatwick on the 31st Oct. WOW!
After the excitement of the planning of my bicycle trip I had the brainwave of making this a charity ‘EVENT’ that would benefit some good causes! Two charities I have chosen are the LYMPHOMA ACTION & LYMPHOMA RESEARCH ostensibly because my own sister Thea Glover endured several years of awful treatments after she had contracted Non-Hodgkin’s cancer, thankfully Thea is now in remission. There is no doubt without expert oncology Lymphoma specialists at the various hospitals she attended the outcome might have been very different. I have seen through my own family how devastating the effects of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is. Therefore, I am very pleased to try and raise funds and awareness by fundraising to contribute towards scientific research that will one day lead to a cure to eradicate this ghastly disease.
My third charity is ST. RAPHAEL’S HOSPICE who are based in Cheam which is not too far away from where I live in Balham. Finding a safe place to offer palliative care for people who are coming to the end of their life in a dignified and pleasant environment, is becoming more important. As people live longer there is a demand for good organisations like this one. St Raphael’s Hospice provides expert care in their specialist unit in Cheam as well as in patient’s familiar surroundings of their own homes. They also provide counselling sessions to support families and friends through the difficult bereavement process. 80% of St Raphael’s services are funded through the generosity of the local community, meaning that over £4million needs to be raised every year.
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