Cure Leukaemia Trustee Phil Upton and long time supporter Nigel Southern, are today taking part in day 5 of their epic seven day challenge to support Cure Leukaemia. The pair are cycling 700 miles in 7 days, a staggering 100 miles a day through 7 different countries! Their journey began early Monday morning in Zurich, and today they cycle from Eindhoven to the hook of Holland!
In July 2012 Nigel cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for Cure Leukaemia, in support of his terminally ill friend, Alice Hogan. Alice sadly died in August that year, two weeks after he finished the ride. She was thrilled that together they raised £73,000.
Nigel spoke about his challenge, “I am more motivated than ever to continue to raise money for Cure Leukaemia and the great work they are doing with extensive research based trials on new therapies for this disease. This year I am riding from Zurich to Birmingham in 7 days via 7 other countries: 7 days, 7 countries, 700 miles. I'll be starting on 23rd and finishing on 29th September in Birmingham - where Cure Leukaemia are based.
I am dedicating this year's ride to another friend, Michael Jay, who has been in hospital in Cornwall receiving treatment for life threatening leukaemia. For many years Michael's gallery in Falmouth has been a place where we have spent many happy hours enjoying wonderful contemporary art as well as making the occasional investment.
You were all very generous last year. Thank you again. If you can find a few quid for this year’s effort I know the money will be well spent and hopefully we will get a little closer to cracking a cure for this disease.”
Nigel’s friend, Michael Jay said, "What an honour it is then to be asked to personify and represent leukaemia sufferers, in the heroic plans of Nigel Southern and friends to cycle 700 miles in seven days, across seven countries to raise funds in support of Cure Leukaemia. Seven days of blood, sweat and tears lie ahead for these brave and selfless riders as they strive to raise funds for research that will improve the prognoses of me and fellow sufferers."
Phil Upton has kindly written a blog about the bike ride and why he’s supporting Cure Leukaemia! You can read his inspiring words HERE.