Charity trustee embarks on cycle of hope for life-saving cancer research

Monday, 25th June 2018 | General | 0 comments

A charity trustee and public health expert from Mawdesley will take on an epic 300-mile cycling challenge to help local charity North West Cancer Research stop cancer in its tracks.

Mark Haig has been a trustee at the charity since 2016 and is one of a peloton of fundraisers who will take part in the inaugural Cycle of Hope event this July, cycling 70 miles a day over four days.
The director of PHP Active Community Interest Company, is a keen cyclist and hopes to put his love of the sport to the test, as he takes on a mammoth route which starts in Lancaster on July 11th and finishes in Dublin on July 14th.

Mark, 58, hopes to raise in the region of £1,600 and is asking business owners to make a contribution via a dedicated Just Giving page and show their support to something that affects the whole community.
The money raised by Mark and his fellow cyclists will contribute towards life-saving cancer research across the region, including the work undertaken at Lancaster University.

North West Cancer Research currently funds £1.7million worth of research at the University, as part of its commitment to fund research which will help tackle rising cancer rates in the region.

He said: “I’m proud to be a charity trustee for North West Cancer Research and try to do everything I can to help support them.

“Having seen the effect cancer can have on individuals and their families, and with my work as a trustee for North West Cancer Research, I know how important research into cancer treatment is. It can help in aiming to prevent cancers, it can make treatment more effective and can contribute to a better quality of life when living with or beyond cancer.

“When I found out about the Cycle of Hope, I thought it was the perfect opportunity for me to raise some money for research as well as raise awareness of the work that charity does right here in Lancaster. So please make a donation and help in making a difference.”

Cycle of Hope will form part of a year-long calendar of events to celebrate North West Cancer Research’s 70th anniversary this year.
The inaugural event will see cyclists cover 300 miles of scenery across the region, taking in Lancaster, North Wales and Liverpool, where the charity has committed to supporting more than £13million of research over the next five years.

All money raised by cyclists will contribute to further funding for life-saving cancer research across in Lancaster and across the North West.

Alastair Richards, CEO of North West Cancer Research, said: “Mark is a valued trustee of the charity and jumped at the chance to get involved with Cycle of Hope. He has already made such a huge contribution to our fundraising targets with various challenges over the past few years and we are very grateful for his continued support with this challenge.”

To support Mark in his challenge, you can donate via his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mark-haig1

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