Reading CTC raise over £2000 for Macmillan Cancer Support

Reading CTC raise over £2000 for Macmillan Cancer Support during 100km and 200km cycle rides.

Cyclists from Reading have raised over £2000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, by organising two large scale cycle rides in the local area. They presented these funds to Macmillan on the 3rd of May at Dinton Pastures Country Park in Winnersh.

The events, which were held as part of Audax UK Cycling Association, were held on the 11 of March setting off from Grazeley south of Reading. The 100km ride had cyclists travelling to Hungerford and back, and a 200km ride travelled through Hungerford and continued to Bratton in Wiltshire.

Both cycling events were organised by Mick Simmons who has been a member of Reading CTC for 30 years and has ridden many Audax events in the past. The weather certainly helped make this the most successful to date. There were 343 entries in total with 156 completing the 200 and 127 completing the 100. Thanks to the generosity of riders the club were able to donate over £2000 to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mick was supported by a strong team of helpers from Reading CTC who fed the riders at the start and finish.  The organisers had many compliments from the riders many of whom were riding a long distance event for the first time.

Reading CTC has chosen to support Macmillan Cancer Support over the last three years. Cancer is a disease that touches us all. Mick’s late wife Sue, another long standing CTC member died of cancer in 2013.

Around 2.5 million people across the UK are living with the consequences of a cancer diagnosis. Macmillan provides medical, emotional, financial and practical help for cancer patients, from specialist cancer nurses to grants for cancer patients with money problems.

Natalie Wiltshire, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan in East Berkshire said: “Sadly the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is increasing every year and that means Macmillan’s support for people living with cancer is in more demand than ever. No one should have to face cancer alone and it’s only through the fantastic support we get from the public that we can be there for people cancer and their family when they need us most.”

May 3rd 2017