/ Charity Bike Ride for Marie Curie & Claire House
Back in the 1980's I had my first brush with cancer.
I beat that one and went on to have a long and productive life as a mountain instructor and expedition guide. Ive had a very blessed and happy life.
Over the last couple of years I have been fighting cancer again. My prognosis isnt good and I could be dead in a matter of months (although I'm hoping I get longer obviously ;o). Im determined to get as fit as I can and enjoy life and be a useful member of society as long as I can.
My oncologist (cancer doctor) said I would never ride a bike again and yet here I am mountain biking and just dipping my toe into the water of roadbiking.
If Im going to enter roadbiking events I thought I may as well try to do some good and raise money,so this is how this page came about.
The first event may only be 25 miles which doesn't seem that challenging,but I am still weak,fatigued and have muscle wastage from 4 consecutive operations to rid me of jaundice caused by a tumour blocking my bile duct. I also have permanent low level bum pain from my cancer op,so riding a bike is always going to be challenging. Im hoping to build up to and enter longer,more challenging events as the year goes on.
So far Ive raised £170 since setting up a Just Giving page on Friday,that makes me feel pretty overwhelmed at folks generosity.
If you good folk of UKC would like to support my fundraising for either Marie Curie Cancer Care or Claire House Childrens Hospice, there are 2 ways you can do this.
To make a donation to Marie Curie (my prefered charity) just send a cheque made out to Marie Curie to :
6 Mannering Court
if you prefer to support Claire House, you should be able to donate direct by clicking the link to my page below.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
Thankyou so much folks ;o)
25 miles sounds plenty challenging enough to me. Best of luck with it. :O)
I just made a donation to Marie Curie via their website on your behalf. (No idea where my chequebook is I'm afraid, not used it in yonks...)
I'll drop you an email so you can add it to your total.
will send a cheque when my JSA arrives and if you want any company for the ride i would be happy to join you
Thankyou all so much.
Must be touching £600 now folks with the cheques that are rolling in for Marie Curie.
Can we make it to £1000? That would be pretty mindblowing!
On a separate note, I have just found out that the italian road bike Ive bought for my fundraising rides is called a Willier. That is italian for "Long Live" - how cool and apt for my personal circumstances is that? Definately chose the right bike ;o)
Lastly, as you know my doctors said I would never ride again. Well here is a little video proving them wrong.
The more the merrier I reckon.
As always you are an inspiration.
When and where is this ride? If you mean more the merrier I would like to make the effort if I can make it
BTW total now running at £560.00 - I think we may well hit £1000 which is brilliant.
As of this morning, we have raised £690. Plus an anonymous donor has mailed me promising £400 and challenging me to raise the target to £2000.
My mind is well and truely blown with the tidal wave of generosity and support being shown here.
So OK - £2000 by next weekend - what do you reckon folks?
Thought I'd round that total up for you a wee bit :-)
Best of luck!
I don't know you except though UKC, but know you've been through a tough time and wish you good luck with your ride! Have some money for your cause.
PS, you need to get some pedals for your bike :-)
Thanks for the donation its all going so much better than I could ever have hoped for . UKC are a generous bunch.
Great news,I think you have smashed the £1000 target (ill get the exact figures later today).
Basically the fundraising was going well anyway. I went to visit friends in the Vaynol Arms in Nantwich Perks last night. Members of the Vagabond MC were in residence and after a whip round they donated £204.00 in cash!!!
So I am now well over the £1000.00. With a week to go and donations still flooding in,if it's OKAY with you guys I don't think it would be unrealistic to reset the target to £2000.00 - 1what do you think?
My bum is still pretty battered after Thursdays MTB ride but no pain thy a few drugs won't numb down and I'm planning on a decent training ride on the roadie when I get back from Wales tonight.
Looking to the future,ill will plan my next next challenge for about 1 month,to 6 weeks off. Maybe aim to double the distance maybe 50/60 miles. So if any of you know of any suitable Etapes/Sportives, please let me know.
Thanks again for all your overwhelming support.
All the best , David...you're inspirational, always liked your posts on here.
Good luck & tailwinds.
Money from the Hope Project (most of it) and a bit more from me.
Mash up that 2-grand total!
I don't think I it would be unrealistic to aim for £2000 before Sunday.
Thankyou UKC and everyone else who has contributed.
Excellent! & good work, Mr Hooper!
Motivation (like you need it..)......cycling over fivers :-)
Only £549 to raise and we have achieved £2000, double the original goal. The generosity is incrdible and spurs me on to look for my next challenge. Thankyou everybody.
Marvelous stuff,Thankyou UKC ;o)
We're having a little whip round tonight at all three 'Awesome Walls Climbing Centres'.
I'll let you know how we get on later tonight or first thing tomorrow.
Good luck with getting over the £2,000 mark and extra Awesome good luck with the ride mate.
Dave D, Staff and Awesome Generous Customers
Just in case you're looking for this- http://www.justgiving.com/David-Hooper0
Looking forward to hearing how the whipround went ;o)
Dave - thanks thats really fantastic - its given us the last little push we need to achieve an incredible £2000.00 raised in under 2 weeks.
Only £297.00 to go to reach a grand total of £2000.00 and we only started this thing a week and a half ago. Absolutely incredible response from everybody. Could you all please share this on Facebook or with your friends to help with the last little push.
Im pretty fatigued and in bum pain at the moment, but nothing a few strong painkillers wont help. Also have a team of 5 good friends riding with me who will help me succeed on the day.
Thanks again for all the support everyone.
If this is successful, I will be looking for a bigger challenge for about a month-6 weeks time - maybe a 50 miler next time.
Only £232.00 to go to reach £2000.00, the last minute donations are still trickling in.
I woke up at silly oclock this morning with excitement about tomorrows ride ;o)
£157.00 to go - will we crack £2000.00?
Just been out for a very short ride after watching this afternoons Le Tour (what a finish).
Bum is pretty sore which is slightly worrying for tomorrow. Lots of painkiller and Chamois Creme will be the order of the day.
Last night an anonymous donor gave £147.00 taking us to a straight £2000.00 which is double what I ever had expected to raise. Thankyou so much..this morning is the morning of the ride and I feel a lot of responsibility on my shooulders. Wish me luck!
Keep on giving if you can and watch this space as I shall post some vids/photos, you can even spot the guilty UKC members.
Thankyou once again for the Stirling effort everybody.
Excellent!! Bloody well done! Have fun today :-)..
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