Thursday, August 20, 2009

Charity begins on the blogosphere

Dear readers, I received an email from a friend of mine (Wayne Street) and I have decided to dedicate today’s blog post to that letter.

Wayne wrote to me regarding a bike ride that he’s carrying out imminently in order to honour the memory of an old school friend of ours and also to help raise money for charity.

Our friend, Rich Wildman, who sadly passed was also a keen blogger (and also created the character Chemo Man to help inspire other people stuggling against Cancer), so it seems appropriate that I use the power of this blog to promote Wayne’s charity bike ride.

If you don’t want to donate any money to Wayne’s ride that’s fair enough, I’m sure you support other charitable causes, maybe an attractive girl in your office is running the London Marathon and you need to impress her? (Fair enough, Rich would have approved of that no doubt.) Still, if you have time you should certainly read his blog. I’m rambling here, I’ll let Wayne explain in more detail:

Tour de Wildman

Charity Cycle Ride – Nottingham to Maidenhead

In memory of Richard Wildman (1971-2008)

In December last year a close friend of mine from school days lost his battle against Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma within one year of being diagnosed.

In memory of Richard, I’m planning to cycle from Nottingham to Maidenhead, via Leicester and Banbury. This route follows (roughly) Rich’s migration south before settling down with his wife Samantha and kids Rebecca and Harry in Maidenhead.

The ride is planned for the 12th and 13th September (back up date of the 27th and 28th) and totals about 150 gruelling miles.

150 miles! Jeesh, I’ll be lucky to make 150 metres….

If you’d like to sponsors me, that would be lovely….

Rich’s wife Samantha has set up two separate Just Giving accounts for previous challenges that she has carried out to raise charity money and awareness of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, so please click on either of the Just Giving accounts set up by Sam (shown below) and send in your money.

Make a Wish Foundation

Lyphoma Research Trust

During Richard’s fight with cancer he maintained a blog detailing his battle with the illness. His blog is emotional and sometimes hilarious, as he relates his personal war against cancer whilst dealing with the humdrum realities of daily life.

It is also informative explaining the illness, his symptoms, treatments he was receiving and the effects they were having, and in the end unfortunately, not having. Richard maintained a positive spirit to the end and part of the reason for writing his blog was to provide support and inspiration to others who were waging similar wars against cancer.

If you are intrigued or would like some information relating to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, please visit his blog at the following web address:



OK glorious blogfollowers, if you could blog about this and Tweet and email and put it on Facebook, that would be awesome! Oh, and sponsor Wayne of course....

Many thanks


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