Cyclist to take on 616 miles in seven days for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Andy, who works as a Repair Consultant for Solus Accident Repair Centre, will be leaving the Cumbernauld Solus branch on 21 September and will cycle for seven days straight, travelling on average 88 miles per day to raise money for CLIC Sargent. 

Andy Smith and Stefanie Underhill

Andy chose to support CLIC Sargent in loving memory of his mother-in-law Nancy who he lost to cancer just a couple of years ago. He’s aiming to raise £2,500 for CLIC Sargent whilst highlighting the impact of travel costs during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 

CLIC Sargent’s research shows that children and young people with cancer have to travel an average of 60 miles to and from hospital for treatment, and when treatment is at its most intense, £180 a month goes on getting to hospital and back. 

Andy's journey will see him cycling between Solus sites across the UK including Cumbernauld, Warrington, Birmingham, Coventry, Luton, Hitchin, Park Royal, Leatherhead, Epsom, Guilford and Basingstoke, before reaching Solus Bournemouth on 27 September. 

The challenge

Andy Smith said: “I’m both nervous and excited about the challenge in equal measures! I’ve been cycling regularly for the last six years, riding around 100 miles per week. This challenge has required a big step up in terms of training to around 300-400 miles per week with back to back rides getting me ready for being on the bike none stop for seven days.

“I am a keen cyclist, but I have never really made a big effort to raise money for charity. So when someone suggested to me in the office that I should challenge myself to cycle between all our Solus Repair Centres for charity, the idea stuck and it went from there!

“I’d heard about CLIC Sargent’s great work as the charity supported a colleague, and I know my mother-in-law Nancy would be happy I’m supporting the work of CLIC Sargent."

“My legs are ready; I recently completed a five day cycle in Majorca clocking 384 miles and completed Wales in a Day to test my resolve, which was 185 miles in a single day. Let’s get this on the road!”

Thank you

Stefanie Underhill, Fundraising Engagement Manager for CLIC Sargent says: “Without the amazing efforts from fundraisers like Andy, we wouldn’t be able to provide the vital support we do. This challenge is 7 days long and Andy has also dedicated so much of his time to training in the run up, we can’t thank him enough!

"We wish him the best of luck on such a tough challenge and on behalf of the families we support, we want to say a huge thank you!”

“When cancer strikes young lives, we fight tirelessly to limit the damage it causes beyond their health. We rely entirely on donations to fund our vital work and so we can’t thank Andy enough for taking on this epic challenge

Simon Smith, Operations Director at Solus Accident Repairs says: “We’re so proud of Andy taking on such a great challenge to raise money for CLIC Sargent and have been very keen to support him in any we can to make sure his Tour De Solus bike ride is a success. At Solus, we believe that all children and young people with cancer should have the support they need to cope with cancer and its impact on their lives. We wish Andy the best of luck with his journey and his aim to raise £2500 for a very worthy cause.”

To support Andy’s fundraising efforts, please visit his JustGiving page

Find out more

For more information about CLIC Sargent’s work and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, please visit our website

If you would like to do you own fundraising challenge, please get in touch with the Supporter Engagement Team on 0300 330 0803 or supporter.services@clicsargent.org.uk

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