Colleagues from Barnsley-based company Dransfield Properties are gearing up to ride to Rome on their annual European cycling challenge to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Setting out from Portofino on Monday 12 September, the 15-strong peloton aim to reach the Italian capital in just three-and-a-half days to support the charity’s lifesaving research into better treatments and cures for all blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
The punishing 340-mile journey is the 5th stage of the Dransfield’s Tour of Europe. Since cycling from London to Paris in 2007, colleagues have hit the road every year and committed themselves to riding to beat blood cancers - with the final, home-leg of their challenge not planned until 2020.
To date the company’s cyclists have raised more than £80,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to support one of the charity’s vital research projects at the University of Sheffield, studying how different children with the most common form of leukaemia respond to an important drug – allowing doctors to ensure every child receives the best possible treatment.
Mark Dransfield, Managing Director of Dransfield Properties, who is taking on the challenge with his brother Paul, said: "We’ve got a great team of MAMILS- Middle Aged Men In Lycra- taking part this year and we are delighted to be supporting Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the fantastic work the charity funds here in our region.
Personally this will be the toughest year for me as I had an operation on my shoulder earlier in the year and couldn’t cycle for months - I’ve spent the whole summer training hard so I can take part. We’re starting with a steep climb out of Portofino on the first day and we’ve decided to cover more miles this year so it’s going to be a long, hard route."
Kate White, Director of Fundraising at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “A huge thank you to everyone Dransfield Properties for their fantastic support. Good luck to the team taking part in this year’s leg of Tour of Europe. It’s a massive challenge to take on but every penny raised will help improve treatments, making a real difference to patients and families touched by blood cancers.”
Support Team Dransfield on their Ride to Rome
Find out more and watch the official video on Team Dransfield’s fundraising page.