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Wendy Faces the Challenge of her Life!

BIL are always keen to lend a hand to people who are mad or brave enough to carry out feats the rest of us might like to do but don’t!

One such person stepping up to the challenge is Wendy Kane Cotterill, who is Sister-in-Law to our Managing Director here at BIL, Mark Farrell.

Mark has been generous enough to donate a substantial sum to help Wendy with her charity fundraising cycle ride. The team at BIL think we can also raise a greater awareness of Wendy’s effort and raise a few extra pounds for her cause – so read on and find out more!

The biggest challenge of my life!

In May this year I have decided to take on probably the biggest and hardest challenge I’ve yet to face, a cycle ride from Edinburgh to Oxford in aid of a charity that I hold dear to me.

That’s right, with not a single hint of sporting aptitude or history of cycling (as I have only just purchased a bike), and I am riding between two countries, on my own, to raise money for charity.

You may be asking – ‘Why on earth are you doing that, Wendy?! You must be mad!

The answer takes us right back to the start of this story. My family.

The aim is to cycle 420 miles for Prostate Cancer UK, a charity that is close to my heart and the hearts of my family, because my dad has been suffering with this awful diseasefor the past 15 years. The truth is, riding a bike such a distance may sound difficult, but it’s nowhere near as difficult as the long road to battling cancer in whatever form it brings.

I hope to raise awareness of this disease through my charity efforts and in order to kick start this I would like to point out a few basic facts and figures about prostate cancer as follows:

Across the UK

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men
  • Over 44,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that’s more than 120 men every day
  • Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer – that’s more than 10,500 men every year
  • 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime
  • Over 330,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer

In Scotland

  • More than 3,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Scotland
  • More than 880 men die from prostate cancer every year in Scotland
  • Every day two men die from prostate cancer in Scotland

In England

  • More than 38,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in England
  • More than 9,000 men die from prostate cancer every year in England
  • Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer in England

In Wales

  • More than 2,400 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Wales
  • More than 500 men die every year from prostate cancer in Wales

In Northern Ireland

  • More than 1,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in Northern Ireland
  • More than 250 men die every year from prostate cancer in Northern Ireland

Fundraising

Following on from this ride I have signed up to trek the Inca Trail in Peru in November 2016, but I will save that instalment for the next chapter….

Thank you for reading this and please do use the following links to help me raise funds to aid the vital research that needs to be carried out in the hope of combating this dreadful disease:

http://tinyurl.com/ncfkz2f

https://www.facebook.com/pedallingforprostate/

“…if I can help raise awareness for even a handful of people
then it has been worth it.”

 

So from all of us at BIL Castors, we’d like to wish Wendy all the best in her cycle ride and ask if you could kindly make any donation to help such a worthwhile cause!