Keen cyclist and devout cricket fan, Mark Crowther of Milton Keynes, is about to embark on a life-changing challenge in order to raise money for two Children's Cancer charities.
Mr Crowther has put a plan of action into place to cycle nearly 1000 miles, from Durham to Oval Cricket Ground, covering 18 English cricket grounds along the way in a 16 day stint. This tremendous effort was born out of a tragedy very close to home; a tragedy which created a desire to help children across the country battling with cancer.
Sadly, friends of Mark lost their 13 year old daughter, Ziggy, to this devastating condition. After standing brave against the illness for a number of years, Ziggy unfortunately lost her battle with a rare form of cancer, Ewings Sarcoma and passed away in 2007. But despite this, Ziggy and her family received a tremendous amount of support along the way from children's cancer charities CLIC Sargent and Kids Cancer Charity.
Both charities have been operating in the UK for a number of years with CLIC Sargent being formed in 2005, and Kids Cancer Charity only recently celebrating 25 years of care and support. Both charities have helped children battling serious conditions. A spokesperson from Kids Cancer Charity,Barbara Thomas, describes the charity's mission as being a successful one for those who are going through these tough and heart-breaking times. She says, "We believe that quality of life for children with cancer is a right. To work with them and their families is a privilege.”
It's because of the ongoing support provided to Ziggy and her family that Mark has decided to embark on this epic journey. Mark has already had a remarkable level of support from friends, family, local hotels, regional ‘Pure Gym facilities and the cricket grounds themselves, but ultimately wants to raise £5,000 for the charities.
In a bid to raise this commendable amount, supported by his employer - CarShop, Mark will be collecting cricket memorabilia at each of his stops. So far the prize pot contains a miniature, and also a full sized bat signed by Alistair Cook, Stuart Broad and the rest of the England cricket team, plus batting gloves generously donated by England cricketer, Moeen Ali. But Mark is convinced this is only a start as he is also looking for people or businesses to show their support and sponsor him via his Virgin Money Giving page- uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/MarksCricketCycleChallenge - or by donating further prizes.
When asked about the challenge, Mark commented: "Standing by whilst my friends were immersed into such tragic circumstances was one of the hardest things I've ever had to endure, but I was in awe of the level of support provided by CLIC Sargent and Kids Cancer Charity. They inspired me to embark on this journey, and I'm determined to raise as much as I can."
If you would like to find out more, or donate to Mark, please visit: www.cricketcyclechallenge18.co.uk/home.html
- On: 17 March 2016
- By: CarShop
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