A TEAM of Hartlepool fancy-dressed fundraisers are set to cycle more than 100 miles to raise cash in tribute to a battling five-year-old who is fighting leukaemia.
Ian Campbell and several of his friends are cycling the 123-mile White Rose Cycle Route from Middlesbrough to Hull on Saturday to raise cash after his cousin’s duaghter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in November last year.
Ian’s cousin, Glenn Harvey-Noble, who is from Hartlepool but now lives in Coventry, launched a fundraising campaign as his eldest daughter Nancy is battling the condition.
The family and friends have taken part in a range of events, calling themselves Team Nancy, and have so far raised around £13,000 for the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research charity.
The cyclists will be setting off from the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge at 7am on Saturday and finishing at the Humber Bridge on Sunday.
Support for the ride and the team taking part has been fantastic so far, including a £1,000 donation from Brian Thomson, managing director of John Bell Pipeline based in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.
Ian Campbell said: “Nancy is my cousin’s daughter and our group is taking part in the cycle ride to raise money to help find better treatments and cures for all blood cancers.”
Glenn, 42, left Hartlepool when he went to university in Liverpool and later settled in Coventry where he lives with nacny and his wife kerry, 36 and youngest daughter Edith, two.
Glenn, who is a lecturer in theatre and performance at Coventry University, said: “Some of the lads doing the cycle ride I went to primary school with and I haven’t seen them since.
“We are hopeful that we can improve the outcomes for kids after us and that’s why we are doing th fundraising.
“We are definitely seeing the benefits of what leukaemia research has done. Chemo is gentler now than it used to be five years ago and that’s down to research.”
Catriona Tait, regional manager north at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “Team Nancy’s upcoming Cycle Ride is a fantastic effort in support of research taking place here in the North of England and across the UK. Every penny raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research will help us in our mission to beat blood cancer – stopping people from dying and making patients’ lives better.”
People can support Team Nancy in their fundraising to beat blood cancers by visiting their fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/NANCY4
Team Nancy have set up a Facebook with details of their fundraising and Nancy’s progress at www.facebook.com/GoTeamNancy