Email sent to Mr Campbell from a parent at Bishop’s Waltham Junior School.
‘Dear Darren Campbell
We are close friends with the Giles family and were extremely saddened to hear of Zac’s leukaemia returning in November last year.
My husband and a group of other local parents / friends have organised a 100 mile bike ride around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight on Saturday 13 May to raise money for Bloodwise.
We have drafted the details below which we were hoping you would be able to send to parents via Parentmail / your newsletter. We are looking to raise as much money as possible and are also open to additional riders if they wish to join the group on the day – the more the merrier!
Thank you in advance.
Bloodwise – Leukaemia Research – Please help!
So why are we organising this ride?
A friend of our sons, Zac Giles, whose friendship goes all the way back to pre-school, was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was back in Year 5 at Bishop’s Waltham Juniors School. Zac went through two years of treatment and was given a clean bill of health in the summer of 2015. Their year group moved on to Swanmore College together but unfortunately back in November 2016, at the start of year 8, Zac’s leukaemia relapsed and he was back on a course of hefty chemotherapy and heads to a stem cell transplant at the Royal Marsden a little later this year.
Bloodwise have been funding the research into blood cancer since the 1960s and have invested over £500 million in world-class blood cancer research in this time.
At any one time they have over £90 million invested in research and are currently funding over 1,000 researchers and clinicians across over 220 active research projects. They have helped to fund research into the application of chemotherapy drugs and improve the success of stem cell therapy.
Along with a group of local parents and friends of Zac and his family, we have decided to help raise funds to support this fantastic research. The team treating Zac are standing on the shoulders of giants using techniques and treatments that were discovered helped by funding from Bloodwise.
It is now our turn to help fund the next generation of research for future patients as a way of thanking those who funded the techniques in use today.
Our challenge is to cycle 100 miles from Bishops Waltham round Hampshire and the Isle of Wight on 13th May 2017. Not only is 100 miles a tough day in the saddle, but the route includes a leg seizing 60 minute ferry crossing after 85 miles. So we added a couple of sprint stages in the last 15 miles to sort out the lions from the lambs!
Please support us in our adventure by donating via the Just Giving link below:-
Our cycle is completely self-funded so all of the funds raised will be going to Bloodwise. Also, if you are interested in taking part in this event please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please consider supporting us as we raise funds for Bloodwise.