With less than 30 days to the start of my Tour De France ride it feels I am spinning plates with everything that is going on. With training, family commitments, work and most importantly fundraising for Cure Leukaemia there doesn’t feel like there are enough hours in the day. Today was my Grandson Finley’s 8th birthday so that was a welcome break from everything that is going on – I’m thinking about employing him as my chief fundraiser after all the money he was given!! In the afternoon our intrepid Couch to 50k riders were out on their penultimate ride, 1 week before my bike for Cure Leukaemia mini sportive where they will complete the 50k ride. For anyone interested there are still places available for either the 100K or 50K ride (click here for more details).
On Saturday I spent the day at Touchwood Shopping Centre, in Solihull, on my turbo trainer to raise money and awareness for Cure Leukaemia. This was a day that showed the unexpected generosity of so many people. As I rode the static bike, Andy, friends Loz and Ali, and my sister Lis, talked to shoppers who were interested to know why this woman was sitting riding a bike in the middle of a shopping centre. By the end of the day I had ridden 140 miles and we had managed to raise £372, (which later in the evening 3 anonymous people boosted to £500 via my just giving page).
There were 2 particular people I want to mention, one a woman who Lis asked if she wanted to know what I was doing, “No” she said, “its for Cure Leukaemia, that’s enough for me”, and put some money in the bucket, showing how important this charity is to some. The other was a young lad, who had no change and wanted to feel he had given something, so paid £1 on a debit card, it may not seem a lot but that £1 will give someone a chance to survive Leukaemia, this young man made the effort to help others and his parents should be very proud – I hope he tells them what hid did in Solihull on Saturday.
The result of that day meant I hit a huge milestone in my fundraising by reaching £10,000, a third of my target. There is still a long way to go but this is a barrier I wanted to break through for a couple of weeks. It is amazing that so many people have donated to support me and support people with Leukaemia, even before I start my challenge on the 24th of June they have shown they have faith in me contributing to my fundraising, the shoppers at Touchwood, Jill a neighbour who arranged a ‘Cheese and Wine’ evening, the couch riders and those anonymous donators have all done the same as that young man who gave £1, they have all given to help others, to help those unfortunate enough to contract Leukaemia and I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU.