UPDATE: Despite gale force 6 head winds and 38C heat, Team Angus finished 4th in the 'team of 3' category with an impressive time of just 9 hours and 32 minutes! We'd like to congratulate the unstoppable team and thank them for their brilliant determination as they've trained and fundraised for this tough challenge.
Since setting up the Angus Rowland Forget Me Not Fund in June 2011, Angus' friends and family have raised over £75,000 in memory of the boy who so many loved and dearly miss. Angus was fourteen when he tragically lost his courageous battle to acute myeloid leukaemia, and his family and friends have tirelessly and determinedly fundraised to support the work of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Angus’ friends and family have been fundraising hard for nearly two years, their first Forget Me Not Walk taking place back in October 2011 and raising a staggering £8,000. Since that first event, their fundraising has gone from strength to strength, and now the next challenge is on the horizon. And it is a challenge that Angus would have loved.
Tomorrow, Jonathan Rowland, Paul Hunter, and Angus Wells are taking on the Dead Sea to Red Sea cycling road race in Jordan. Accompanied by Julie Wells and Steve Nutt, who will be on hand to ensure that the riders are fed and watered, the trio will tackle the start of the cycle at 4am, and which begins at a daunting altitude of -415m below sea level. The team will make their way through the Wadi Araba to an altitude of 120m above sea level before finally reaching sea level as they approach the shores of the Gulf of Aqaba.
This incredible challenge promises to add to the fantastic totals that Angus’ fund have already raised, from events ranging from climbing Kilimanjaro, cycling in the London Bikeathon and running marathons, to having their hair cut, all in the memory of Angus. So far the Dead Sea to Red Sea challenge has raised nearly £1000 for our life-saving research.
Only a minority of children develop acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) which is more difficult to treat than acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, which is the most common form of childhood leukaemia. Currently, only one child in six children with AML are cured and Angus’ friends and family are going to great lengths to ensure other people do not suffer the same experiences that they were put through. The team says, “We want to take on this challenge and raise money to prevent other teenagers losing their lives to this disease.”
We would like to thank everyone who has supported the Angus Rowland Forget Me Not Fund, for their incredible dedication and unwavering support to help us beat blood cancers. Together we are unstoppable.