WALTERS TEAM AIM HIGH FOR TEENAGE CANCER TRUST
A small team of dedicated amateur cyclists from our company will set out to raise an ambitious £10,000 from sponsors, friends and workmates for Teenage Cancer Trust, by cycling the 130 miles from Birmingham Children’s Hospital – to Cardiff University Hospital, where the Trust has a dedicated treatment and support unit.
The almost 20-strong team will start pedalling the Walters Wheelies TCT UNITed Challenge at 8:00am on Friday the 18th of May, stopping mid-way for an overnight rest and completing the arduous journey sometime Saturday evening (19th). For some finishing itself will be a major triumph, having never attempted any such distance on two wheels, sponsored or otherwise.
Corporate support has been forthcoming (and gratefully received) from Euro Commercials and Sinclair Group, who are providing the necessary transport to the start the challenge and provide back-up on the road, and PPE Specialist UVEX, who have supplied helmets and re-hydration bladders for the journey.
Around seven young people (aged 13-24) are diagnosed with cancer every day. Teenage Cancer Trust provides expert treatment and support, right from the moment patients hear the word ‘cancer’ and are the only charity dedicated to this particularly vulnerable age group.
Why Teenage Cancer Trust
Walters recognise that teenage years are challenging for young people without any illnesses, and pledged to offer as much support and help to those who have to face the ordeal of cancer, as well as the challenges of adolescence. They are no longer children yet not quite adults, so need quite specific care and considerable emotional support, in an environment that understands teenage issues.
Following previous support from one of the directors, Walters decided to partner with the Trust last year and set themselves an ambitious target of raising £20,000 by the end of the first 12 months. Already well past the half-way mark, it’s hoped that the cycle ride will boost the much-needed funds for an excellent cause.
Debbie Jones, Teenage Cancer Trust fundraising manager for South Wales said, “We’re very grateful for the continued support from everyone at Walters. They’ve set themselves an incredible target to enable us to continue to support Teenagers and Young Adults with cancer in South Wales. I have no doubt that they’ll absolutely smash it with this, and all the other challenges and activities that they’ve already undertaken in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. We’re funded entirely by voluntary donations, so our incredible supporters like the team at Walters are vital to help us to continue our work. By reaching their target Walter could help us to fund more than 660 hours of specialist nursing care at our specialist Teenage Cancer Trust unit in Cardiff. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone taking part in the cycle challenge, anyone who has taken part in an event already, has donated, cheered on colleagues or help us raise awareness of the need for services for local young people with cancer. Currently for every young person we support, there is another we cannot. Thank you #TeamWalters for helping us to get a step closer to our aim of being there for every young person with cancer in South Wales”
Anyone is of course more than welcome to support Walters Wheelies TCT UNITed in their efforts by visiting the Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/walters-cycle-challenge