Cure Leukaemia were presented with a cheque from Leukaemia patient Katherine Sinfield and her husband Stephen, following the mammoth motorcycle ride from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham to Burton's Queen's Hospital at the begining of March. After her battle to beat leukaemia and surviving a bone marrow transplant, wet and windy weather conditions were not going to stop a cancer survivor’s mammoth motorcycle charity ride.
Katherine Sinfield, her husband Stephen and even Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths braved the weather conditions to take part in the in the BONE-shaker MARROW-thon, which saw more than 100 bikers ride from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.
The final total of the day came to £2,036.23 with the funds being split equally between Cure Leukaemia, Anthony Nolan and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity, after all three played a vital role in helping 33-year-old Katherine, who lives in in Burton, undergo a bone marrow transplant and enter remission from leukaemia.
33-year-old Katherine said:
“It was only by chance that I made the cheque presentation as I was being prepared for a blood transfusion.
“We kept the giant cheque in my room at the hospital overnight so it was already a talking point with the nurses and the doctors. I just happened to mention to the doctor as he was preparing my blood what was about to take place, and he allowed me out of the ward. He was very keen for me to attend.
“As everything happened so fast, it was very much a case of ‘stop the press’ as my husband Stephen was already downstairs with the bikers and the charity representatives."
Stephen Sinfield looked back on the event;
“We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who supported our charity event on March 2, and to those who made time today to attend the cheque presentation at the hospital. Without the continuing support of the motorcycle community, none of this would have been possible.
“Our ride has received lots of positive feedback and so plans are already in place for the BONE-shaker MARROW-thon 2015, again raising money for Cure Leukaemia, Anthony Nolan and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity.”
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