A charity trustee and public health expert from Mawdesley is gearing up for an epic 300-mile cycling challenge to help local charity North West Cancer Research stop cancer in its tracks.
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Mark Haig has been a trustee at the charity since 2016 and is one of a peloton of fundraisers who will take part in the inaugural Cycle of Hope event this July, cycling 70 miles a day over four days.
The director of PHP Active Community Interest Company, is a keen cyclist and hopes to put his love of the sport to the test, as he takes on a mammoth route which starts in Lancaster on July 11 and finishes in Dublin on July 14.
Mark, 58, said: “I’m proud to be a charity trustee for North West Cancer Research and try to do everything I can to help support them.
“When I found out about the Cycle of Hope, I thought it was the perfect opportunity for me to raise some money for research as well as raise awareness of the work that charity does right here in Lancaster. So please make a donation and help in making a difference.
“Having seen the effect cancer can have on individuals and their families, and with my work as a trustee for North West Cancer Research, I know how important research into cancer treatment is.
“It can help in aiming to prevent cancers, it can make treatment more effective and can contribute to a better quality of life when living with or beyond cancer. “
Mark hopes to raise in the region of £1,600 and is asking business owners to make a contribution via a dedicated Just Giving page and show their support to something that affects the whole community.
The money raised by Mark and his fellow cyclists will contribute towards life-saving cancer research across the region, including the work undertaken at Lancaster University.
North West Cancer Research currently funds £1.7million worth of research at the University, as part of its commitment to fund research which will help tackle rising cancer rates in the region.
To support Mark in his challenge, you can donate via his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mark-haig1
Entries are still open to take part in Cycle of Hope and more information can be found at: https://cycleofhope.nwcr.org