Our RideLondon team are our September Star Challengers

Here in the Challenge Events team we have been in awe of the hard work our riders in the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 have put into their training and fundraising. The team has raised a staggering amount to help children and young people with cancer and it is for this reason that each and every rider is our September star challenger. 

With over 70 riders, unfortunately we can’t name everyone but a huge thank you to you all. Here are three of our riders who have shared their Team CLIC Sargent story.

Steve Le Flem 

Steve took part in RideLondon in memory of his niece Abbie Sinkinson who was diagnosed with leukaemia at a very young age and sadly died in July 2009.

Steve has been raising money ever since and wanted a new challenge this year - to try to raise £1,000 for CLIC Sargent. 

With support from his family, friends, customers and suppliers using collection buckets, a Facebook campaign and emails to everyone on his contact list Steve managed to raise a phenomenal £5,736. 

Steve said: “CLIC Sargent was so caring and supportive to Abbie and all of our family during a very hard time for us.

I will always continue to work as hard as possible to support this great charity that’s close so my heart.

Ed Mitchell 

Ed’s son Dylan was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May 2014 aged just two years old, and was rushed 30 miles to the nearest treatment centre for surgery. 

Ed said: “Waiting for the operation was torture. We were in turmoil, angry, confused and above all, lost. Then we met Karen, our CLIC Sargent Social Worker.

"She helped us to understand what was going on and complete all the necessary forms that just days earlier we'd have easily been able to read and complete, but would never have wanted to.”

During Dylan’s treatment the family were able to stay close to the hospital at a CLIC Sargent Home from Home, meaning the family could spend invaluable time together. 

Ed continued: "Dylan still has a long way to go before he beats this disease but throughout it all he'll have us, his friends, family and CLIC Sargent in his corner."

Nick Baker

Nick has been receiving support from CLIC Sargent since his daughter, Jessica, was diagnosed with classical Hodgkin's Lymphoma (CHL).

Nick signed up to take part in last year's RideLondon, but a broken collar bone in the lead up to the event meant he had to postpone his place and wait a year. 

He made an excellent recovery and completed the ride this year in glorious sunshine. Nick has already planned to take part again next year for CLIC Sargent.

Nick said: “What CLIC Sargent has done for us is immeasurable - so raising the money pales into insignificance by comparison, we are always both amazed and grateful on a personal level for the wonderful work it does.

Because of CLIC Sargent, the world is a much brighter place for every child and family affected by cancer.

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If you’ve been inspired by our RideLondon team and would like to ride next year then we’d love to welcome you to Team CLIC Sargent.

To find out more contact the Challenge Events team on: challenges@clicsargent.org.uk