30 May 2012
Jamie and Steph prepare for their ride by the Angel of the North
In August this year, Jamie-Lee Harrison and his friend Stephanie Kendal will be cycling the 290 miles from the Angel of the North in Newcastle to Buckingham Palace in London, all to raise valuable funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Jamie and Steph both have very personal reasons for wanting to take on the challenge and fundraise for Macmillan. Sadly, Jamie’s stepfather is battling a form of cancer called Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for the second time and is currently undergoing high doses of chemotherapy.
During his treatment, the whole family are receiving support from Macmillan.Jamie says of his challenge, 'I have chosen to fundraise for Macmillan as they have provided my family with help from nurses and also financial help and I feel it is important that people give money to allow them to continue the fantastic job they do. I know you may think I'm crazy, and that I may not be able to do it, but I'll prove you wrong. This is something I really want to achieve.'
And Stephanie is equally motivated to complete the cycle ride because in 2010 her father was diagnosed with a tumour on his spinal cord and after an operation he has been left permanently in a wheelchair.
Stephanie says: 'I am the proudest person in the world for how my Dad has coped with the illness and still remained himself throughout it so I'm doing this to help raise money for a brilliant charity but to also prove to him how proud I am.'
Clara White, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support says: 'We are so grateful to Jamie and Steph for deciding to organise this epic cycle ride for us. It is such a fantastic challenge and everything they raise will be going towards helping people living with cancer.'
You can support the pair through their Justgiving page www.justgiving.com/jlharrison1234. If Jamie’s story has inspired you to do something in support of Macmillan then please contact Clara on 07809 554960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are all affected by cancer. We can all help.