Leading businessmen help put cancer patients On The Road To Recovery
This courageous challenge is being led by an ambitious team of North West businessmen together with The Christie as part of a one-year On the road to recovery campaign, which hopes to reach a phenomenal £1million fundraising target.
The inspiring cyclists have been devoting their time, passion and energy over the past year to ensure they will be ready for the overwhelming test of physical and emotional endurance required of them this week. Our very own Andy Byrne has been with them every step of the way to keep them fit to complete this real challenge - often using his finely tuned Physio skills to great effect in some unusual environments! You can see the latest on his exploits @AndyThePhysio and @DRobertsPhysio on twitter.
The team is now reaching out for support from fellow local businesses and individuals to help them raise vital funds for a mobile chemotherapy unit, which will take leading expertise in cancer care to patient's homes, and help us fight the ongoing battle against cancer.
Led by Rob Cotton, CEO of global information assurance firm NCC Group, and Mike Perls, CEO of communications agency MC2, the 'On The Road to Recovery campaign' has a series of fundraising activities planned including a star-studded comedy event in October and the ruthless cycling challenge in September. The event website is www.ontheroadtorecovery.co.uk
The 'On the Road to Alp D'Huez' challenge this week will see a team of 18 local business leaders tackle 5 iconic stages of the Tour De France back to back, covering 650km over the course of five days.
Staff members from NCC Group have already donated over £87,000 to the cause, with more businesses expected to come on board with the challenge over the next few months. At the point of writing this they've raised a brilliant £176,710 and counting!!!!!!!
Rob Cotton said: "This is a really exciting project to be involved with and a cause that is extremely close to my heart.
"The Christie provides valuable support to cancer patients in the North West and mobile chemotherapy units will help it to deliver care much closer to the patient's home.
"The Tour De France Challenge will be an incredibly difficult feat of physical and mental strength but a great experience and we are looking forward to challenging both our businesses and our bodies in order to raise money for such a worthy cause."
Dr Andrew Wardley, clinical lead for chemotherapy at The Christie, said; "This is an incredible challenge so huge thanks to Rob and Mike for leading the way.
"The mobile chemotherapy unit will be a great benefit to patients allowing them to have The Christie experience of specialised care and the best outcomes delivered close to where they live. It will make an enormous difference.
"The best of luck to everyone joining this campaign - all money raised will help cancer patients throughout Greater Manchester."
The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer treatments centres, based in South Manchester with radiotherapy centres in Salford and Oldham.
All at David Roberts Physiotherapy are proud to help such a great cause.
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Donate @ www.ontheroadtorecovery.co.uk