If you regularly read our blogs, you'll remember the story of William Lyne, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia when he was just three years old, and has recently undergone a bone marrow transplant. While William was being looked after by some fantastic staff at the Marsden, his dad James felt like he had to do something to help. And so began the plans for his cycling challenge around the island of Sjælland in Denmark.
< James' May 2012 blog entry
James set their original fundraising target at £1,000 but had already reached £8000 before they left for Denmark. Incredibly, most of this money has come from complete strangers.
< Our August 2012 blog entry about James
James, his brother David and his friend Paul are now back from Denmark having completed this tough 260 mile challenge in some of Denmark's very worst windy weather, and have managed to reach the £10,000 mark!
James said, "It was really tough at times. On the Friday we were peddling directly into strong winds that were blowing trees down around us. But we still carried on and it all worked out okay and the cause kept us going."
He added that they would have been stuck without the help of Mark Roscoe at TNT, who generously arranged for the team's bikes to be transported to Denmark at no cost, in support of the challenge. James said, "The bike boxes arrived quickly and in absolutely mint condition. I cannot recommend them enough for what they did for us."
The team would also like to thank everyone who sponsored them, including everyone they don't know who donated after reading about it somewhere. James would also like to thank his wife Lynda, and David's wife Trine for letting them spend time training despite having their hands full with the kids!
And from us at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, we'd like to thank James, David and Paul for all their incredible hard work to raise the money, and everyone who's supported them in some way to make their challenge such a success. We are extremely grateful for the money raised, which will go towards some world class research to beat blood cancer.