The Challenge

On the 14th August 2011 a group of friends will be embarking on a monumental 1100 mile cycle ride from Barcelona to Birmingham to raise money for Brain Tumour UK. Our goal is to get ourselves safely back to Birmingham (well Stourbridge) in 10 days…. an ambitious (some might say stupid) 110 miles a day! Most of us are pretty new to this cycling malarkey so it’s going to be nothing short of a miracle if we all make it back in one piece! The one way tickets are booked from Bristol to Barcelona on the 13th and we will be arriving back at Old Swinford Hospital, Heath Lane on Tuesday 23rd at 18:30….. please come down to help us over the finish line!

We will be funding the trip ourselves so every penny we raise will go straight to a really worthy cause! We have set ourselves the mammoth task of raising £10,000 for BTUK so anything you can afford to donate, however big or small would be so gratefully received.

Our just giving page is now up and running and if you feel like you can donate please click here or on the justgiving link on the right of the page.

Each penny raised will help us towards achieving the greatest challenge of our lives and hopefully help a few people down the line!

Who are we doing this for?:

Brain Tumour UK

It is estimated that each year around 16,000 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour that and another 32,000 people each year may be affected by a secondary brain tumour that started elsewhere in the body. A vast majority of brain tumours are non treatable and a surprisingly small amount is know about their cause.

Brain Tumour UK is the leading, caring charity committed to fighting brain tumours. Their scientific research improves the quality of life for brain tumour patients and identifies better treatments. They raise awareness to change things for the better, for everyone affected by a brain tumour.

My personal story:

A few years ago my Dad (John Bulteel) was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and sadly passed away within months of diagnosis. More devastating than the thought that we may lose someone we love was watching the speed at which the brain tumour affected the things that meant so much to him. A passionate teacher and tennis player very quickly lost his speech and the use of the right side of his body, which he never regained.

Hopefully the research done by Brain tumour UK will lead to improved prognoses and standard of life for those diagnosed with brain tumours.

5 Responses to The Challenge

  1. Sue Fiorani says:

    Good Luck Andrew and friends,what a trip.Sue and Ed xx

  2. Dave Pritchard says:

    It was great to ride with you all today. I hope you made it to Le Blanc in time for steak and frites. Good luck with the rest of your ride it’s a fantastic effort for an excellent cause. Stick together and stay safe.
    Bon courage et bon route!
    Dave

  3. Steve & Diana says:

    Hi All,

    We are keeping up with your blog. Well done all and keep your heads down and asses up and you’ll be home in no time!

    Steve and Diana

  4. Steve & Diana says:

    Great stuff everyone! We are following you all the way. Keep your heads down and arses up and you’ll soon be home!

    Steve & Diana

  5. Stuart says:

    Hi chaps – best of luck with the rest of the challenge. Saw you guys riding over Blackheath today. Incredible effort – keep ticking it over till the end.

    Cheers
    Stu Keelan