100 Miles in the Saddle for Anthony Nolan

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Confirmit charity donation request and Raising money for Anthony Nolan Charity


Hot on the heels of walking 65km through the Brecon Beacons to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, I am putting my body through another challenge later this month. I suspect this makes me the very definition of the phrase “glutton for punishment”, but there we have it. In the usual Confirmit way, though, I won’t be going it alone. My colleague (and familiar face to many Confirmit clients) Francisco Lopez will also be riding 100 miles for the Prudential Ride London-Surrey to raise money to support the Bone Marrow charity Anthony Nolan.

While the walk was a brilliant experience, this one is a little more personal for me. My daughter Beatrice (known as BB), was diagnosed with leukemia in June 2013 and after a long treatment, we got the news that she could come off treatment and she was cured. From that point she started to learn all the things that she had missed out on, like riding a bike and swimming. She was going from strength to strength. But in February 2017 a regular check-up showed she had relapsed.

After yet more tough treatment, it was established that Beatrice needed a bone marrow transplant in order to have a chance of complete cure. Fortunately, her 10 year old sister, Zara, was found to be a 100% bone marrow match and a transplant in September last year at the Royal Marsden Children's Hospital in Sutton was successful.

Beatrice is doing extremely well, getting stronger each day and is thrilled to be back at school, though I suspect the novelty might wear off! Currently, all looks well and we are incredibly grateful for the support we received to get us here.

So the cycle ride for Anthony Nolan is to help other people who’ve found themselves in this situation. We’ve got a couple of weeks until we hit the road and the training is going well – you can see the map of a recent training ride below). Granted, we’re inflicting the sight of two MAMILs (Middle Aged Men in Lycra) on the world, but it’s for a good cause so I hope we’ll be forgiven!

I’ll report back on the ride after we’ve completed it – hopefully without having to tell you I had to carry Franny across the line, or vice versa, so watch this space for an update. In the meantime, if you’d like to support us, we’d be incredibly grateful. I suspect that knowing how much money we’re raising will be crucial in helping us maintain our focus on some of the bigger hills. Well, that and Jelly Babies, probably.

Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with a blood cancer or blood disorder. They do this by matching incredible individuals willing to donate their stem cells, to people who desperately need a lifesaving transplant. They also carry out cutting-edge scientific research, fund specialist post-transplant nurses and support patients and their families through the transplant process and beyond

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