On Monday 17th September, 2012 Simon Benson is commencing handcycling from John O'Groats to Lands End - a staggering feat on a normal bike - let alone by hand! Simon, who is a wheelchair user, will be joined by a group of close friends on conventional bikes. Their aim is to raise significant funds for Kamran's Ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
In Simon's own words:
"On 16 October 2010 my eldest son, Jacob, lost his battle with leukaemia. He was 12, only 6 months before becoming a teenager - one of his biggest dreams. He'd been fighting the disease for over 4 years and was treated on Kamran's Ward at The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Jacob's mum, sister, brother and I are trying to cope; some days are good but many are not.
"He's with me every moment of every day and I hope I can serve him well by finishing our ride and raising £1000s. The money raised is critical for both Kamran's Ward and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to continue to improve the complex and varied treatments prescribed to such young patients and to beat these killer blood cancers
"My handcycle is much heavier than a conventional bike - this is most noticeable when cycling uphill where my pace is slower. In short, my arms and shoulders take much more of a pounding in comparison with my team mates' much bigger and stronger legs.
"It's fantastic to have such committed friends and family involved and fully behind remembering Jacob, achieving our challenge and raising money. The current party includes - Andy Goodwin, me, Chris Wortt, Jon Sharp, Paul Homersham and Ben Jarvis with support from Chris Benson, Trevor Wortt, Lynnette Homersham and Richard Groome.
"Please join us in raising much needed funds for these superb causes. Many thanks for all your support."
You can sponsor Simon by visiting his website at bike4cancer.org/SimonBenson