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Chartwell’s fundraising bike ride from Pride Park to Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 December 2014

Chartwell's Fundraising Bike Ride

Chartwell's Fundraising Bike Ride

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in October a team from Chartwell in Derby took on the huge challenge of a 100-mile cycle ride in one day

Chartwell's Fundraising Bike RideChartwell's Fundraising Bike Ride

On Saturday 18th October a team from Chartwell in Derby took on the huge challenge of a 100-mile cycle ride in one day from the firm’s Pride Park premises to Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium. The fundraising ride was to raise vital funds for Anthony Nolan, Leukaemia Care and the team’s friend and colleague Nick Sheppard.

Nick, who was 26 in August, has two children aged under four and was due to be married last July. In June he was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia and has been through months of intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy before having a bone marrow transplant in September. His wedding had to be postponed. Although Derby born and bred, Nick is an avid Liverpool supporter so involving Liverpool FC was a way for the team to show their support. The ride took about 10 hours to complete and even involved a personal police escort through the Mersey Tunnel. On arrival the cyclists were greeted with the sound of ‘You’ll never walk alone’ echoing around the terraces. The team raised £3,000.

Nick’s father, Mick, who took part in the ride alongside Nick’s mother, aunt, uncle and brothers, commented: ‘It’s been a very special day for us as a family. We wanted not only to raise funds for the causes but also to raise vital awareness about Anthony Nolan and the work they do. People think it’s a long, difficult process to become a donor when in actual fact getting registered just involves a simple “spit kit” and if you are called on to donate bone marrow, it’s simply a blood transfusion type procedure – so no big surgery is involved. The register has played a huge part in Nick’s recovery and we want to try to get as many people between 16 and 30 to register as possible. If by doing this we get just one more person to register it’s been worthwhile.’

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