Dan and Will have chosen three brilliant charities which are very important to them and are aiming to raise in excess of £200,000 which will be split equally.
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Cancer Research UK - The Catalyst Club
More than one in three of us will develop cancer at some point in our lives - a dreadful statistic. Many of us have lost someone to it and we all want cures to be found. Both Dan and Will have, or have had, a member of their immediate family who have suffered from a form of cancer and this is the specific reason why Cancer Research UK has been chosen.
Cancer Research UK have some key priorities, one of which is of great interest to Will and his family, is the research in the field of Personalised Medicine, which is supported by The Catalyst Club. In a nutshell, Personalised Medicine aims to tailor treatments not just to a cancer type, but to each individual patient’s cancer. This means doctors are able to select the best drugs and other treatments for an individual patient based on their genetic make-up and the molecular characteristics of their cancer.
In 2006, Simon North (Will’s father) was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a severe form of cancer, which affects the lymphocyte cells in the body’s immune system. Personalised Medicine was at the heart of developing the latter of the three stages of chemotherapy that Mr North went through. It was their dedicated research that can be attributed to bringing him into remission.
The money raised through our challenge will be sent to Cancer Research UK but will then be designated specifically to The Catalyst Club so they can continue with their ground breaking work.
“Cancer Research UK is delighted to be associated with this voyage. Its daring and ambition are absolutely in keeping with our own plans to bring the benefits of molecular biology into the care of cancer patients through the work of the Catalyst Club: neither is easy or free of risk, but sometimes you have to stick your neck out to see the horizon. I wish William and Dan every success.” Professor Peter Johnson, Chief Clinician at Cancer Research UK.
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research
This charity has been chosen in memory of Dan’s friend Gareth Crockett, who died in tragic circumstances in April 2011. Dan and Gareth met when Gareth volunteered to be his support car driver for a cycle challenge from Lands End to John ' Groats in 2010. He was brilliant throughout this trip and remained friends with Dan afterwards.
Gareth then planned a challenge of his own in memory of his close friend John Erwin, who sadly died from Leukaemia suddenly in May 2010. Gareth planned to raise £10,000 by cycling 450 miles and running four marathons in eight days, finishing with the London Marathon. Only a few days in to this challenge, Gareth was hit by a car in Anglesey and tragically died.
Dan and Will would therefore like to undertake this row in Gareth and John’s memory and continue his work by raising as much money as possible for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Around 30,000 people of all ages, from newborn babies to grandparents are diagnosed in the UK with blood cancers every year. The charity focus on finding causes, improving diagnosis and treatments, and running ground breaking clinical trials for all blood cancer patients.
St Anna’s is a home and school for children in Winebba, Ghana. Working with the full support of the Ghanian Authorities it provides a safe home and family environment for abandoned and orphaned children, and as a primary school for the poorer children from the surrounding region.
Lara spent three months living in Winebba in 2004 and was struck by the number of children who were homeless and living on the streets. Lara decided to do something about this and in 2006 had raised enough money to buy a plot of land in Winebba. In 2010 the children and house mother Emilia moved in. Today ten children live at St Anna’s and all attend school. As they grow up, St Anna’s will support them as they pursue a career.
The home needs £1,000 every month to continue to run and there are already plans to extend the home. Dan and Will are delighted to be supporting such a magnificent charity and can’t wait the see the difference the money they raise will make. They hope to visit the home before they set out on their great adventure.
"St Anna’s really cannot begin to thank Dan and Will enough. Through this exceptional challenge they are setting themselves, they will change so many lives for the better. All at St Anna’s are 110% behind them and are so excited to be part of this adventure." Lara De Klee, Founder