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Suffolk grandmother gives no ‘paws’ for thought on sharing 5000-mile cycle challenge with canine companion

Steph Cade
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18 Feb 2015

Maggie Scorer sets off on her cycle around the UK coast to raise £25,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Sands.


A grandmother of eight from Snape in Suffolk, has set off on a cycle around the UK coast with her faithful companion, seven-year-old golden retriever Oscar, to raise £25,000 for blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal charity.

65-year-old Maggie Scorer will embark on her 5000-mile ‘Dog on Tour’ challenge on 14 March, setting off from Aldeburgh with Oscar in tow in a purpose built Dutch ‘Doggie-ride’ trailer. Though she and Oscar have previously sailed half way around the world together, Maggie will be swapping sails for the saddle as she circumnavigates the coasts of England and Scotland over the next six months.

Maggie has chosen to support Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Sands as she has been closely affected by blood cancer and stillbirth.

Five years ago Maggie’s son-in-law Dan Turnbull, who has been paraplegic since he was two years old, was diagnosed with the blood disorder Myelofibrosis. Symptoms associated with the disease include fatigue, infections and anaemia; the latter of which Dan had been regularly experiencing. After undergoing chemotherapy and a life-saving stem cell transplant in March 2014, he is now in remission.

Maggie says: “I was so shocked and upset when we received the news, especially as Dan and my daughter had just decided to get married. Fortunately he had just the boost he needed when he found out they were expecting their first child just before his pre-transplant chemotherapy. Freddy was born in November 2013 and gave Dan such joy during an otherwise very difficult time.”

Maggie is supporting Sands so that the charity can continue to provide bereavement support for families, who have experienced the death of a baby, throughout the UK. Maggie gave birth to a stillborn baby in 1977; a time when many bereaved parents did not feel supported or that their grief was acknowledged.

Although she has previously cycled the Great Wall of China, Maggie expects this two-wheeled challenge to be her toughest to date:

“This will really push me to the limit. I’m going to take my time and take in the scenery but I’d like to finish by September. Having friends and family, including Dan, join me for stretches of the ride will really motivate me and provide great company, for Oscar as well as myself!”, she continues.

Caitlin O’Neill, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s Fundraising Manager for London and the South East, said: “What Maggie has set out to achieve is remarkable. We are grateful she has chosen to support Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Every penny she raises will help us in our mission to beat blood cancer - stopping people from dying and making patients’ lives better. We wish her all the best with her challenge.” 

Carolyn Bray, Fundraising Manager at Sands, says: “Our dedicated supporters at Sands never fail to amaze us with their creative and challenging fundraising ideas. Maggie is certainly no different; to cycle the whole way around the British coast is fantastic and to do it with her dog Oscar is even better. It is people like Maggie that allow Sands to continue to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, work with health professionals to improve bereavement care and promote research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives”.

To support Maggie and donate please click here.

You can follow Maggie's progress via her website, Twitter (@dogontourMaggie) and Facebook.



This challenge is AMAZING and something to aspire to when I reach 65 - I had thought I'd be playing golf!


Amazing challenge. Best of luck to Maggie. I look forward to following her progress on twitter.

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