A group of cyclists of varying abilities and experience levels will be getting in the saddle to ride from London to Paris next week – inspired by Cure Leukaemia Champion Adam Joyce.
Adam, who regularly hosts events for Cure Leukaemia and has been a keen supporter of the charity for several years, and has himself treated for leukaemia after being diagnosed in 2000.
A regular member of the crew and motivator-in-chief on L2P, Adam will once again be rousing the troops for the 500km route from September 12-15, and his partner, Natalka Greenwood, is cycling in the event for the very first time.
‘Team Joyce’, completed by cyclists Ben Tustin, Alex Best, Andy Cawthray and David Ward, have already raised over £6,000 towards their target for Cure Leukaemia.
“Having previously been diagnosed with leukaemia, almost 20 years ago, I have been involved with Cure Leukaemia for many, many years, and it is a charity which has helped so many people during that time,” says Adam, who combines his hosting duties with working for the West Midlands Fire Service.
“I am only still here today thanks to people like Professor Charlie Craddock CBE and charities like Cure Leukaemia.
“Being involved in so many different CL events, I never cease to be inspired by the amount of people who fundraise, and it is great that Natalka and the guys are all now getting on their bikes to support the charity.
“London to Paris is such a fantastic event, and I am sure they will really enjoy it even though it is certainly a difficult challenge which will test everyone who is taking part.”
Natalka, who works for West Midlands Ambulance Service, added:
“Since meeting Adam, I have seen at first hand the fantastic work of Cure Leukaemia, and I am thrilled to be taking part in this year’s London to Paris.
“I say that even though the last time I rode a bicycle was about 15 years ago, and I ended up breaking my jaw!
“I was among the support crew last year, finding my voice in the cheering squad, and I was so inspired by all the riders I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go myself.
“I am really excited about what lies ahead and looking forward to being part of the CL team taking on the challenge.”
The other cyclists involved are also relishing the prospect of spending four days in the saddle, spurred on by their special motivation.
“I was introduced to Adam last year, and he’s an absolute inspiration who I’m now proud to call a friend,” says Ben Tustin.
“I’ve cycled on and off for the last few years but had all but hung up my shoes until I heard about London to Paris and Cure Leukaemia.
“The rest is history, and I am now really looking forward to spending four days with great friends and great people, all for an incredible cause.
“I would just warn everyone however, that David crashes….a lot!”
Alex echoes those sentiments about David, having completed the 130-mile London to Brighton route several years ago.
“David managed to fall off in spectacular fashion within a mile of the start so hopefully our team on the CL ride can keep him pointing in the right direction,” says Alex.
“I have been friends with David for 20 years since we were at University, and I haven’ seen him do much cycling in that time and he’s a bit accident-prone so I’m not sure it’s going to be safe!
“I have been cycling for 30 years and still own all seven bikes I have ever bought.
“I regularly cycle 100km a day but to do London to Paris as part of a team in a peloton is definitely a bucket-list item for me.
“I became good friends with Andy and Ben a couple of years ago, and when I heard about Adam’s story, and this fantastic cause, I jumped at the chance of getting involved.
“My fundraising is going well thanks to the support of friends and family, and also B Braun Medical, the company I work for.
“David Oates, the UK’s Group Managing Director, has kindly agreed to sponsor the shirts for each day of L2P and I also plan to hold a bake sale at work to boost donations.”
“I have decided to cycle from London to Paris on behalf of Cure Leukaemia in dedication to a living hero I am fortunate enough to be be able to call my friend.
“Not only has Adam been saving lives in his work for the last 20 years as a Fire Fighter, he is also Master of Ceremonies for England Rugby, an excellent DJ who once tried to teach me in Ibiza before realising he had a challenging student, leads a Samba band, and somehow finds time to raise thousands of pounds for charity!
“Having survived such a life-threatening illness, Adam has been doing everything he can to raise awareness and funds to hopefully allow other leukaemia patients to follow a similar path and hear the three amazing words that he heard all those years ago: "You are cured.”
For David Ward, who it appears the challenge will be to stay upright on his bike, the key motivation in supporting Adam is to help Cure Leukaemia in their quest to one day find a cure for all types of blood cancer.
“Adam is the most positive and inspirational individual you could ever meet,” he says.
“By supporting me and the team in this ride, people can help more heroes like Adam live a better life, avoid unnecessary suffering and ultimately, survive.
“Cure Leukaemia is now one of the leading charities in the world supporting the development of new drug and transplant treatments for patients with blood cancers.
“The more money we can all raise for the charity, the more we can help to take the gamble out of blood cancer survival.”
David is a director at Iperium Global Recruitment, who have also kindly agreed to be another supporting sponsor with their names on the cycling kits for all four days of the ride.
Iperium is a specialist global recruitment consultancy which locates and secures exceptional talent for their clients to enable growth and expansion.
B. Braun is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medical devices, pharmaceutical products and services - Improving people’s health around the world.
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