This summer, we are very pleased to be supporting the 444 Miles, 4 Countries, 4 Days challenge in aid of Blood Cancer UK.

The keen group of cyclists are pushing themselves to the limits in memory of their friend and local businessman, Stuart Bennett, as well as raising funds for Blood Cancer UK, an important charity dedicated to funding research into all blood cancers, and offering support and information to patients.

The cycling team is made up of Paul Forsyth (Ellisons Solicitors), Malcolm Durbridge (Hatfields), Magnus Baird (LB Group), Lee De’ath (Begbies Traynor Group) and Martin Claydon (James & Lindsay), with the support and assistance of Shaun Mills (Handelsbanken) and Michael Brock (DCH Construction).

Helen Causer, Lead Regional Relationships Manager for Blood Cancer UK, said: ‘‘It was great to hear about the fantastic cycling challenge being organised in memory of Stuart. On behalf of the charity, I’d like to thank the cyclists for their wonderful support. Thanks to the collective contributions of supporters like these, the day we beat blood cancer is finally in sight.

Blood Cancer UK are a community that are dedicated to beating blood cancer. We do this by funding research and supporting those affected. Since 1960, we’ve invested over £500 million in research that has transformed treatments and saved lives. As well as looking for a cure in the future, we’re here for everyone affected by blood cancer when they need us. Whether on the phone or online we offer health information people can trust, in a language they can understand. Each year 40,000 people are diagnosed with blood cancer in the UK, and it’s still the UK’s third biggest cancer killer, however our researchers are determined to beat it.” 

The ride will begin early on 14th June in Colchester, down to Dover, through France, Belgium, and Netherlands before arriving back in Harwich 4 days later.

Stuart Bennett was a member of the cyclist friendship group before he sadly passed away from Leukaemia. Stuart was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2014, during which time he was faced with many treatments and underwent two bone marrow transplants. During his life, Stuart enjoyed sports including running, football and triathlons, always pushing himself to the limits.

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