Banker Nigel Crutchley, who has pledged to raise £1m for children and young people with cancer and their families, has already collected nearly £140, 000 in memory of his son Ben.
Nigel and his family, who live at Newbury near Frome in Somerset, are being supported by CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading children and young people’s cancer charity. Ben, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2011, died last year aged nine.
Nigel has taken part in a wide variety of fundraising events this year, including a cycle ride from Paris to London with colleagues from RBS, the Midsomer Norton triathlon, the Bristol half marathon, a 20K walk, and he will run the Royal Parks half marathon in London this Sunday.
“Every day ten families are told that their child has cancer. I am committed to raising money for CLIC Sargent, which does such a fantastic job of supporting families like ours,” Nigel said.
Nigel also took part in a sky dive from 15,000 feet at Old Sarum airfield near Salisbury, Wiltshire, on Sunday. It was his first sky dive.
“It was frightening, but the instructor was very good. We had 70 seconds of free-fall and then the parachute opened, and we landed safely,” said Nigel, who is the Director of Supply Chain Services for the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Next year so far Nigel has a place in the London Marathon and the Bath half, and he intends to take part in an Olympic triathlon.
Nigel has also written a leadership presentation about coping through difficult times which he will deliver to businesses and other organisations. He is also planning to run a family day for a local school and to do leadership work for scouts in the south west.
Liz North, CLIC Sargent’s Director of Communications and Campaigning, said: “Nigel is amazing – he has done a huge amount of fundraising and has also inspired others to take part. We would like to say a big thank you to him for all he is doing to help us to support children, young people and families who are coping with cancer.”
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About childhood cancer
Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.
About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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