Dom’s 50 folk raising 50K
To all of the 2018 Fred Whitton riders.
My name is Dominic Slade. I rode the Fred in 2013 with my brother (he’s in the middle and I’m on the left). Our expressions may give you a sense of just how great a challenge this is!
As individual riders we raised the most amount of charitable money and were given free entry into the 2014 Fred as riders 1 & 2! I have to say it wasn’t quite the reward I was expecting but it was fun to return and ride it again.
The Fred is a fantastic day out in the Lakes and the organisation by Paul Loftus and volunteers is humbling. At the heart of it all is the desire to raise money for a number of charities, of which Macmillan Cancer Support is a key one.
There is another reason why I am so passionate about this charity. It is because I am a surgeon who treats people with bowel cancer at Salford Royal in Manchester.
Everyone associates Macmillan with end of life care but they do so much more than that from paying cancer nurses’ salaries, funding research, promoting health and well-being, helping patients and families through chemotherapy and just being someone to talk to when you need it most.
On 22nd October 2018, I will be 50 years old, and inspired by the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾, I thought I would embrace it with a bunch of 50-themed challenges around cycling and fund-raising for Macmillan.
One of my challenges is to get 50 people to help me raise money for Macmillan. It can be a little or a lot, it really doesn’t matter.
As you are down to ride the Fred you may have considered fund raising for Macmillan already or even started, and if so I would be delighted if you would consider joining my team of “Dom’s 50 folk raising 50K” for charity.
It is really simple; you set up a “JustGiving” page at www.justgiving.com, pick Macmillan as your preferred charity and email me at email@example.com. I will send you a link to join my team as one of my “50 inspired folk”.
I would also be delighted to offer you any help with your fund raising. Paul and team are looking to raise over a £1m for Macmillan this year so if this helps them reach their target it would be a fitting tribute to the many volunteers that make this event happen every year.
Of course not every sporting event has to be connected with a cause and so if you are just coming to Coniston to have a great adventure on your bike then I wish you a fantastic day and clement weather.
49 and a half!!
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