17 Apr Charity Cycle
I’m Darren Kelly, Team Manager in the North West region. I am a keen cyclist and enjoy doing sportive/endurance rides which usually mean you spend a full day in the saddle and usual cycle in excess of 80 miles.
For the past 2 years I have been part of a group of cyclists made up from supporters of Burnley FC in undertaking charity bike rides raising money for a Prostate Cancer Charity (BKPCA). This charity was founded by the previous chairman and current vice chairman of Burnley FC, Mr Barry Kilby, who himself is a Prostate Cancer survivor. The main purpose in raising money for the charity is to pay for ‘screening days’ to be held with an aim of saving men’s lives with simple PSA blood testing events at local sports grounds. There are no national screening events for prostate cancer, and this is why the charity is so important. Men don’t always go to their doctor, but many will visit a football ground and that’s why the charity base their events in these locations. So far, screening days have been held since 2015 at the following football clubs, Burnley, Blackburn, Oldham Athletic, Ipswich, Wolverhampton, Charlton and Portsmouth.
There are planned events in April 2019 in Oldham and Ipswich and further to be announced later this year.
The last 2 bike rides have seen us cycle from Burnley to Bournemouth in 2017 and the reverse journey last year, Bournemouth to Burnley. These rides took place over 3 days and we cycled approximately 100 miles per day raising in excess of £20,000 on each ride. This year, we will set off from Burnley on 17th April for day one cycling to Hull, day two will see us cycle from Zeebrugge to Dunkirk (after a night crossing on the ferry) and day three is from Dunkirk to Dover (on the ferry) then cycle from Dover to London, finishing at Stamford Bridge home of Chelsea FC. This 3 day ride is also 300 miles in total and as group of 28 cyclists our aim is to try and raise £30,000 to provide as many screening days as possible to take place during 2019. All cyclists have to fund themselves on the trip paying for accommodation, meals etc, therefore all monies raised is 100% for the charity.
Please see below links to the Barry Kilby Prostate Cancer Appeal website and also my Just Giving page where I am looking to try and raise £1000 towards the grand total of £30,000.