3 Men, 3 Days, 300 Miles – Trio’s pedal power to raise funds for two regional hospitals
Rob Dey, Louis Molloy and Howard Yuill recently undertook a
Coast To Coast cycle but did it the hard way - by cycling back as
On 15th May 2015, the trio set off from Morecambe in their
challenge that saw the three men cover 300 miles in 3 days, with
the aim in raising £33,000, a figure which they are now not far
Raising funds for both Saint Mary's Hospital and The Christie,
the ride saw the guys cover at least 100 miles each day, finishing
at The Christie on Sunday 17th May. Altrincham business owners,
Howard and Rob, along with Louis have been training relentlessly
over the past 5 months, having completed a number of ambitious
training cycles before they set off on the 15th.
On the last day of the ride, the team were joined by Michael
Vaughan OBE, former England Cricket Captain, and keen cyclist.
Michael was one of many celebrities endorsing the challenge.
Michael led the way with the 3 cyclists on the final stretch into
The Christie as the team were welcomed by many well-wishers there
to help them celebrate completing their extraordinary cycle. Also
joining the team were 20 additional cyclists who joined them for
the final 40 miles into Manchester. Champagne was available on
arrival thanks to the cycle challenge being kindly sponsored by
luxury brand, Mumm Champagne.
The team have supported both Manchester hospitals as each of
them has had a personal experience with cancer.
The funds raised for Saint Mary's Hospital will support
Professor Evans' ground-breaking genetic research to identify
patients carrying the BRCA Breast Cancer gene. Professor Evans has
established a national and international reputation in clinical and
research aspects of cancer genetics, particularly in breast
cancer. His clinical service for cancer genetics at Saint
Mary's is nationally regarded.
Rob's wife was diagnosed with breast cancer just after the birth
of their two children. Carrying the BRCA gene, surgery was her only
option. Thankfully the surgery was successful and she made a full
recovery. Rob wanted to raise money for Professor Evans' genetic
research into breast cancer and the BRCA gene at Saint Mary's
Hospital so that other families who receive the same diagnosis will
be identified and treated quickly and efficiently.
The other half of the funds will go to the Breast Cancer
Research fund at The Christie, held by Christie consultant, Dr
Wardley. Over 2,000 women are treated at The Christie for
breast cancer every year; but with an active programme of research,
donations to this fund are helping the specialist cancer centre to
develop both an understanding of this disease, and new and more
effective treatments to combat it.
Howard's mother was treated at The Christie and sadly lost her
two year battle with cancer in October 2014. Gwen was loved by many
and made the brave decision to stop treatment towards the end so
that she could enjoy the rest of her time without the side effects
of the chemotherapy hindering her quality of life.
Louis is a professional tattoo artist from Manchester and has
inked many celebrities during his career, including David Beckham.
He also dedicates his time to looking after women who have been
through reconstructive surgery as a result of their cancer
treatment. His skills provide an invaluable step for women to gain
back their confidence after such a drastic physical change.
Michael Vaughan says:
"This is the kind of event that raises awareness of a disease
that touches each and every one of us, I for one am extremely proud
to support the guys. We are very lucky that we have such amazing
facilities so close to us that help people battle cancer every
Angela Rowe, Community Fundraising Manager at Saint Mary's
Hospital Charity said:
"We cannot express how thankful we are to the team for raising
such a fantastic amount of money for the charity; the scale and
commitment of their challenge has been second to none, we are very
fortunate to have their support. The funds raised will help
Professor Evan's ground-breaking genetic research programme at
Saint Mary's which aims to help the early diagnosis and treatment
of inherited breast cancer, a vital service for those who may be
affected by the BRCA cancer gene."
Charlie Rowen, sporting events officer at The Christie charity
"What an achievement! We are incredibly grateful to Howard, Rob
and Louis for their dedication to raising funds for our charity and
would like to congratulate them on acing their tough cycle
challenge! We'd also like to thank Michael Vaughan and all of the
other cyclists who joined the team on Sunday for their support. The
funds raised for The Christie will help fund vital research and
education in to breast cancer care along with investment in best
equipment, facilities and expertise."
To find out more about the cycle and to sponsor the trio please
visit their website: http://www.coast2coast.events/
For further information about Saint
Mary's Hospital Charity please contact Aimee Lawless on email@example.com
or 07827 886 286
For further information about The
Christie charity, please contact Rowena Fay on Rowena.firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
About Saint Mary's Hospital Charity:
- Saint Mary's Hospital Charity is part of the Central Manchester
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity. Registered
charity number 1049274.
- The other hospitals which make up Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity are:
-Manchester University Dental Hospital Charity
-Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Charity
-Manchester Royal Infirmary Charity
-Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity
-Trafford Hospitals Charity
About The Christie:
- The Christie opened in 1901 and is now one of Europe's leading
cancer centres and the largest single-site centre in Europe.
- Because of its specialist nature, 26% patients are referred to
The Christie from outside the Greater Manchester and Cheshire
- It has one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world
as well as centres in Oldham and Salford. It also houses the
UK's largest brachytherapy service.
- The Christie delivers chemotherapy treatment through the
largest chemotherapy unit in the UK, as well as via 10 other sites,
its new mobile chemotherapy unit and in patients' homes.
- The Christie's NIHR Clinical Research Facility is a large, high
quality, dedicated clinical research environment where our patients
can participate in complex and early phase clinical trials. Around
400 clinical trials may be taking place at any one time.
- Its charity, which is one of the largest in the UK, provides
enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. It has
over 30,000 supporters, who helped raise a record breaking £14.8m
last year, with 83p in every pound going directly to patients.
- New developments include:
- a new £28.5 million Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC)
opening this winter. The MCRC is a partnership between The
Christie, The University of Manchester and Cancer Research UK
- a new Maggie's Centre, expected to open on our site in 2016,
providing free practical, emotional and social support for
patients, their family, friends and carers
- the UK's first high energy proton beam therapy service, due to
start treating patients in 2018. The Christie was selected to
deliver this specialist treatment, along with University College
London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Currently patients
have to travel to America or Switzerland for this treatment.
- The Christie is one of seven partners in the Manchester
Academic Health Science Centre, one of only six health science
centres in the country.
- The Christie's School of Oncology provides undergraduate
education, clinical professional and medical education - the first
of its kind in the UK.
- Hear from Christie staff, patients, volunteers and fundraisers
via the weekly Christie blog -