Friday, 29 October 2010

Here we have a picture of Rob's bike! Over time we will be uploading pictures of all of our riders bikes! We will most likely fill everyone in with some cool information about each rider too! Interesting facts, like what our favourite colours are, whether we prefer snow or sun, how many mirrors we have broken or just how much milk we drink in a day! Stay tuned!

Here is just a taste of some of the equipment we have invested in for this ride. Safety gear, riding apparel and general cycling necessities! You name it, we've got it! We will be updating our blog frequently with new photos and videos, so make sure you watch this space! In addition to following us on here, why not follow us on our twitter too!

Don't forget, if you want to show your support you can do so by visiting our Virgin Money Giving page! You can do this here!

Monday, 25 October 2010

Why Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research?

There are 5 of us doing the ride and we wanted to do it for a worthy cause.

Originally it was Sam who suggested Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research; even without discussing his suggestion everyone had already agreed it was the best charity for us. This is for a number of reasons.

Some may already know, others may not; but Tom, who is another one of our riders has in fact had cancer twice. Both bouts were with leukaemia. He was first diagnosed at the age of 3 with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia; following intensive chemotherapy and treatment he went into remission but soon relapsed with the very same cancer around the age of 7; He had to go through another course of intensive chemotherapy in addition to radiotherapy and various operations. Despite these minor setbacks he is in fantastic health and loves his life.

This gives us all a great awareness and appreciation for the importance of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. We are all passionate people and want to give something back to the people who have always, and continue to help others. It also helps that we are riding with someone who has experienced the cancer.

Without the continuous support from charities like Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, a lot of people might not have had the some of the chances in life we take for granted. Fortunately, most live amazing lives after the illness. This is because of charities like Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research who work alongside our national health service to help develop and offer new improved methods of treatment, support and facilities for patients who suffer from blood cancers.

Some children who suffer from childhood leukaemia are not as lucky and don't get to live the lives they deserve. Any donation that you can make, will help Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research support the children who suffer from childhood leukaemia. Giving them the lives they should live. You will not only be supporting children, but teenagers and people of all ages who have to endure blood cancers.

Our idea is pretty simple. We will be cycling approximately 1500km over 10-12 days for something that means a lot to us. We are hoping that you can help us in our efforts by making any donation you can.

Sometimes it is smallest things that can change someones life.


Sunday, 24 October 2010

If you would like to take a look out a general outline of our training schedule. Take a quick look at this. It isn't perfect but it is a gives us something to follow! In reality, the actual distances we will be training will be higher than these listed in the schedule; the figures in the regime outline the minimum of what we would expect each other to commit to in order to prepare for this ride.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

What will we be riding?

Well as you asked so nicely! We will all be riding one of the Specialized Secteur series bicycles. This is a great bike for what we want and offers the best solution for our needs without breaking the bank! We will be riding variations of the series from the 2010/11 seasons. For more information on the bikes we will be riding why not have a look here!

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research - Open Day in Sheffield

Every year Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research organise events for supporters and patients to find out more about them and their research. These events give us the opportunity to gain an insight into the research we fund and meet some of our doctors and scientists, as well as other supporters.

Event Details:

Date - Saturday, 23 October 2010.

Time - Starts at 10:00AM.

Location - University of Sheffield Medical School / Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Entry - Free & Includes Complimentary Lunch.

To find out more about the event and the charity, visit their website! Click here!

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the only UK charity solely dedicated to research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. These cancers are diagnosed in around 30,000 children, teenagers and adults in the UK every year. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research was previously known as Leukaemia Research and has changed its name to raise awareness of its longstanding commitment to research into all the blood cancers - not just leukaemia.

Some information about the charity we are supporting! One cancer in particular that we feel particularly passionate about is childhood leukaemia.

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Reasearch. Beating Blood Cancers.

Childhood Leukaemia.

Leukaemia is the most common form of cancer in children. It is a blood cancer that affects the white blood cells, a vital part of our immune system that fights infection.
Around 450 children are diagnosed with leukaemia in the UK every year. Leukaemia tends to develop in children between the ages of two and four. But children of any age can develop this blood cancer.
Most children with leukaemia are diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is much less common.

Leukaemia is the most common form cancer in children. Most children with leukaemia develop a type called acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

Leukaemia is the most common form cancer in children. Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is the least common form of leukaemia in children.
We will be cycling from John O'Groats to Lands End during June/July of 2011! From top to bottom! There are 5 of us doing the bike ride. Tom, Sam, Gray, Rob and Ollie! If you are interested in seeing how the route looks overall, just visit this link.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Our new logo. It represents the nature of the cause we are raising money for. It is also meant to reflect the idea of blood.

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research is the charity we are supporting. Hopefully with the funds we raise, we can help people who suffer from these particular types of cancer.