In October 2010, aged 31, my world was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with CML after the Blood Donor service advised me to see my GP for a blood test following some abnormal results. CML is an extremely rare type of blood cancer and had it gone hidden, I could have been dead in three years, scary stuff.
In the time I’ve been living with this disease, my thoughts have turned to raising money for a charity which is trying to find a cure for this and other types of leukaemia. I chose Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as they offer patients like me hope for the future, hope for a cure and support in the meantime.
Neil and his wife Mikaela in 2011, after Neil took part in a Coast to Coast challenge.
I’m about to embark on a madcap idea to raise funds.
On August 9th, myself and 7 of my work colleagues (Dawn Harris, Kerry Stevens, Harry Dunn, Mark Collins, Anthony Townshend, Matthew Bates and Chris Kennedy) will attempt the National 3 Peak Challenge – a 24 hour challenge which will (hopefully) see us climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – the tallest peaks Scotland, England and Wales. That’ll be 27 miles of walking, 10,000 feet of climbing and 450 miles of driving…..all in the allotted 24 hours.
Some of the team members on a training walk up Scafell Pike
We’ve been training for a few months and the team and my work (RENOLIT Cramlington Ltd) are funding the challenge, so 100% of all sponsorship goes to the charity. If you can spare some pennies (or dare I say pounds), your sponsorship would be hugely appreciated and would help to spur us on throughout this physically and mentally challenging 24 hours. You can sponsor us on our JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/renolit3peaks.
We’re also asking people to vote for us in an attempt to win £5,000 from the Mountain Warehouse which would also go straight to the charity. Please go to this link and enter your email address – it should take no more than 30 seconds.
Neil has been supporting Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research ever since his diagnosis with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) in 2010. Neil’s fundraising includes running half marathons, hosting Race Nights and growing a moustache during Movember. He carried the Olympic Torch through North Shields last year, in recognition of raising over £10,000 to help beat blood cancer.