12 July 2011
From left to right: James Thornton, Rik Makarem, Kelvin Fletcher, Tom Lister and Steve November
On Friday 19 August, five of Emmerdale’s most loved stars are set to take on a gruelling 224 mile cycle challenge from Emmerdale’s The Woolpack to Albert Square’s Queen Vic, in just 24 hours, to raise £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Brave Team Emmerdale cyclists Rik Makarem (Nikhil Sharma), Kelvin Fletcher (Andy Sugden), James Thornton (John Barton), Tom Lister (Carl King) and Executive Producer Steve November, will set off from Emmerdale Village on Friday 19 August at 6pm and aim to complete the ambitious challenge in less than 24 hours, racing against the clock to reach the Queen Vic in time for last orders!
The team will complete this demanding ride in memory of their producer, the late Gavin Blyth, who died aged 41 from cancer last year.
Team Emmerdale cyclist James Thornton said:
“We are all looking forward to undertaking this challenge to raise £100,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. None of us have cycled further than the local before, but thanks to all our sponsors providing us with fantastic kit, we’re ready to take to the roads!”
Bryan Kirkwood, Executive Producer of EastEnders, said:
“We are really pleased to be able to help the Emmerdale team with their challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Gavin Blyth, a former colleague and friend, who sadly passed away last year. We look forward to welcoming the Woolpack team to Walford and wish them the very best of luck.”
Sophie Gill, Macmillan’s Community Corporate Manager, said:
“The Macmillan Emmerdale to EastEnders Cycle Challenge is a fantastic tribute to Gavin, and another amazing example of how far the fab Emmerdale guys will go to help Macmillan Cancer Support and people affected by cancer. We hope Emmerdale fans and Macmillan supporters along the route will dig deep and help the team towards their £100,000 target.”
To sponsor the team visit: Justgiving.com/Emmerdale-EastEndersCharityCycle or make a £5 donation by texting ‘RIDE66 £5’ to 70070.
For all the latest news, info and exclusive video footage about the challenge visit www.teamemmerdale.com or the team’s twitter feed @ED2EE.
For further information, or images, please contact:
Katy Chaytor – Press Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4903 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Susie Richardson – PR Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 7809 (mobile 07740 927173)
Notes to Editors
More photos available on request.
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
For more information, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0808 808 0000 for an information pack.