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Sponsored cycling events are a popular way to hit personal goals, take on new challenges and raise money for a cause close to you.
Since his wife’s diagnosis in 2018, cycling enthusiast, Terry, has taken on a new cycling challenge every year. We caught up with Terry to hear all about his latest event, RideLondon 2022.
Could you tell us a bit more about your wife’s breast cancer story?
My wife was diagnosed with a type of breast cancer called HER2+. She had just begun an apprenticeship to become an NHS registered nurse, so it was all a big shock. After a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she’s currently thankfully symptom-free. She has also since qualified as a nurse, gaining a 1st class honours degree.
I thought, if my wife could go through all the discomfort and trauma she did, I should 'get off my butt,' and do something to help fundraise for a great charity.
A self-confessed ‘fitness’ junkie, I like to do a fitness challenge and ‘push it to another level’ when it comes to fundraising. With a passion for cycling, I joined RideLondon in 2019 and I’ve done similar challenges since.
Interested in signing up for the 2023 challenge?
I sent letter-type messages, by email, WhatsApp, Facebook messenger, LinkedIn and post, to ask for donations and talk about the charity. Each message was the same, but with a personal start. I also shared my progress and donation page on social media.
After the event, I thanked donators and asked if I could approach them next year.
I felt on top of the world. Crossing Tower Bridge was amazing, and I beat my target time which was a bonus.
I really love the 'buzz' from raising funds for good causes. From my recent rides, I’m proud to have now raised £12,500 (including Gift Aid) for Breast Cancer Now.
The help, support and guidance I’ve received from the breast cancer charity has been first class. The team cheered me on in the race, which was a real boost.
Having the charity’s cycle jersey they sent me is great too – it’s good quality and very visible, I often wear it for training.
Just do it, it’s an amazing event. And doing it to raise funds for a charity close to your heart makes it very special. RideLondon is also a great way to meet likeminded people, and it definitely helps you get fit.
If Terry’s story inspired you to join RideLondon 2023 (London to Essex bike ride), you can register to join the Breast Cancer Now team.