KEEN cyclists will be using pedal power to raise money for charity when they hit the streets of London this weekend. Here we meet some of the plucky participants who will be raising vital cash for a variety of good causes...
• Charlie McCaig, 53, from Weymouth, will be competing in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey in aid of the Leukaemia and Lymphoma research.PUTTING IN THE MILES:
Mr McCaig said that part of the reason he chose the charity is because leukaemia was, in part, the cause of his brother’s tragic death at the age of 18.
He said: “You hear these types of stories quite a lot and it makes me even more determined to raise the money.
“It's a cause that is not well noticed until someone close to you is hit by it. It’s not the most well known cancer, but it's still a fantastic cause.
“There have been a lot of developments in the treatments over the last few years and there wouldn't be this without the support and money.
“The more money, the more developments, and then the more people can be saved.”
To help Charlie reach his goal of £750, visit his Virgin Money page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charlesmccaig.
• Also taking part is Matt Ings, 28, after he was inspired by the charity’s support for his wife Carly during her pregnancy.
Carly Ings was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 13 and has to have daily insulin doses.
Women with Type 1 diabetes can encounter difficulties during their pregnancy and when Carly found she was pregnant she went through extensive monitoring from the diabetes care team at Dorset County Hospital.
Mr Ings, a civil engineer, said: “While it was a time of wonder and joy for us both, it was also tainted by our concern that Carly’s diabetes could cause health problems for her and the baby.
“Thankfully, the diabetes care from Dorset County Hospital was fantastic. The team maintained daily contact with Carly to enable her to control her blood glucose levels. Our baby, Leo, arrived in November healthy and happy and we were absolutely delighted.
“This has made me want to support Diabetes UK, and the groundbreaking research and support they provide for people with diabetes.
To sponsor Matt visit justgiving.com/matt-ings and to find out more about Diabetes UK visit diabetes.org.uk.
• A FORMER soldier is cycling 100 miles to mark the centenary of the First World War.
Paul Stockwell, 56, of Lanehouse Rocks Road, will be taking part to raise money for the Royal British Legion (RBL).
Paul is a former Royal Engineer and veteran of the Northern Ireland and Falklands conflicts, and will be doing the cycle as part of the Inaugural RBL team.
He said: “As a former soldier I am fully aware of the great work the RBL does and the need to raise funds for them all year round, not just with the poppy appeal.
“With the centenary of the First World War this year I will be riding one mile for every year.
“I'm also doing the ride in memory of my uncle, who lost his life fighting in Burma in 1945, and my dad, who passed away in May this year and who worked repairing damaged warships during the war.”
Last year Paul finished the challenge in five hours and 51 minutes and hopes to do it in less than five and a half hours this year.
To donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/paulstockwell2.
• Debbie Preston, from Portland, is also taking on the challenge to raise funds for Epilepsy Action.
Debbie said she chose to take on the 100-mile route for her chosen cause as she knows people who suffer from epilepsy and is aware of the impact it can have on their lives.
Last year she learnt of the sad news of one local family who lost their son to epilepsy.
Debbie said: “I have known some of the family for over 10 years and the loss was made even more devastating as it was so unexpected, as the risks of dying because of epilepsy are generally low.”
The Ride London 100 has become seen as the cycling equivalent of the London Marathon and Debbie will be joining hundreds of other riders as she takes on the course that starts at the Olympic Park in Stratford.
She will have to complete the route in under eight-and-a-half hours.
She said: “Any donation to this worthy cause is very much appreciated and I would like to thank you in advance for any donation given.”
To sponsor Debbie visit justgiving.com/debbieprestonride100.