Thomas Preston
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Thomas Preston

The 555 challenge team

Thomas Preston
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Thomas Preston
18 Jan 2012

Meet the team members below:

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander
J W Ostendorf

"Many of us go through life with the belief we are immune from illness or have the belief that serious ill health will pass us by, thankfully for many of us this is true. However we all know someone, a family member, a friend, a neighbour, a work colleague who is, or has been, suffering from a debilitating illness. Thanks to advances in medical science, mainly funded by research, conditions which resulted in certain death a few years ago are now treatable and curable thanks to early diagnosis or advanced medical treatments.

My father passed away suddenly at the age of only 45, having suffered a ruptured aneurism, a condition which today is picked up at an early stage by a simple MRI scan and can be operated on and cured with non invasive surgery, back in 1985 there was no real method of diagnosis, let alone non invasive surgery.

Having turned 40 myself a few years ago, with a young family of my own I began to reflect on life and I made the decision it was time to give something back, whilst I was still able to do so. A couple of years ago we learned from friends of our family that their young son had been diagnosed with Leukaemia, thankfully he is now in recovery with a full life ahead of him. This coupled with the fact that I was not getting any younger, but was getting a little less fit, I put on the running shoes, entered and completed a half marathon in October 2010 and in April 2011 I completed the London Marathon.

This year it’s a team event, together with 3 Wickes and 2 JWO colleagues I will take on the “555 Cycle Challenge”. The six of us will be cycling from the J W Ostendorf factory in Germany to the Wickes Head Office in Harrow. Starting on the 12th April we will be covering more than 5 hundred miles across 5 countries in 5 days. Mad we may be, but you only have to think of others, young and old, less fortunate than us and fighting life threatening illness, to make what we are attempting, minute in comparison to what others are going through. Together the “555 Challenge Team” will be raising much needed funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, so that the charity can continue in their fight to find a cure for blood cancers and to care for people in their hours of need."

Jeremy Bird

Jeremy Bird
Wickes

“It’s wonderful to have JW Ostendorf onboard helping us raise money for the Wickes charity partner Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.  I was delighted to be asked to join this fundraising event although it’ll be no easy challenge as we cycle 500 miles in just 5 days! Thanks to everyone who is able to support us – the money we raise will really make a difference in the lives of those people who are affected by blood cancers.”

Simon Alexander

Simon Alexander
Wickes

“I jumped at the chance to join the team on the challenge. I have worked with the team at JW Ostendorf for over a year and have found the team ethic fantastic. The cycle challenge is going to be difficult (and painful) but going to be worth it. To raise money for such a worthy cause as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research gives me a great deal of pride. I am joining a great team of people to complete this challenge, all of which want to give as much as they can. My thanks to those that have already supported the challenge also my thanks to those who are going to support.”

Dave Maddison

Dave Maddison
Wickes

"It's a privilege to be invited to join the team on the 555 challenge and help raise money for such an important charity, 'Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research'. Whilst I'm sure that 500 miles in 5 days will test the resolve of the team, I know the effort will be worth the funds we raise during the challenge."

Alix Irving

Alix Irving
J W Ostendorf

"I feel privileged to be part of a great team, helping to support and raise money for such an important and worthwhile charity. A big thank you to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research for all their encouragement and assistance and of course to all those wonderful people and organisations supporting the challenge and donating to the cause!"

Matt Holland

Matt Holland
J W Ostendorf

"Raising money for charity is something 'other' people do right?. Having been involved with Wickes for 2+ years now, I've seen many adventurous, wacky and novel ways colleagues seek to raise money and understand how much it means to the charities involved. Therefore the time has come for me to join that special group of 'others' and very much look forward to the challenge 555 has to offer."

"If the path is easy, the destination is worthless..."

And our wonderful support team:

Caroline O'Neil

Caroline O’Neil
JWO Marketing Manager

Caroline enjoys kitesurfing and skiing and says:

“I think these guys are doing an amazing challenge and I’m keen to support them to finish safely, enjoy themselves and raise lots of money for charity.”

Andreas Kröger

Andreas Kröger
JWO Research and Development

Andres, 42, is happily married with 2 children. He enjoys hunting and clay shooting and told us:

“I am proud to take part in this event and will help the riders accomplish this great challenge. My goal in life is to become as wonderful as my hunting dog thinks I am. All the best team!”

He also wanted to remind the team what Winston Churchill said: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”