Join us in supporting the director of ServiceMaster Clean Bournemouth, Michelle Walker and her husband Gavin Walker, in taking part in a charity bike ride for Macmillan Cancer Support this weekend.
Our resident cleaning heroes from ServiceMaster Clean Bournemouth are back out there doing good in the community this week. Director Michelle Walker and her husband Gavin Walker have been training their wheels for a charity bike ride in support of Macmillan Cancer Support this Sunday 3rd July.
The Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride was founded in 1989 by Peter Smith-Nicholls, who wanted to find an ongoing way to continue his fundraising efforts for Macmillan, which began with his cycle ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 1988. Since then, the bike ride has taken place on the first Sunday and is organised by a community of volunteers from the Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride Fundraising Group. This year, the group alone has already raised over £7000 from a source of over 250 doners and multiple sponsored riders, each with fundraisers of their own – and many like Michelle and Gavin who will be contributing through JustGiving pages.
On Sunday, participants, including Michelle and Gavin, will begin their ride between the hours of 8:00-9:30 AM from Corfe Mullen and are given a choice of four different routes of differing lengths. Riders can cycle anywhere from 38, 48, 63, to 100 miles through the countryside to help the fundraiser reach its goal of raising £2 million.
The money raised by the ride is vital, as it ensures that Macmillan services, which provide essential care to cancer patients in the area can continue to run. Fundraisers like this are the lifeblood of organisations like Macmillan, who without them, wouldn’t be able to afford to keep operating.
“Macmillan services are urgently needed now more than ever but they simply can’t continue them without your help. Please donate today to help make sure Macmillan can keep delivering this critical support. Macmillan nurses, doctors and other health professionals up and down the country are there to continue to support people living with and beyond cancer,” says the Fundraising Group.
Michelle and Gavin will be taking part in the 48-mile challenge and have been training intensely for the endeavour, and have already exceeded their fundraising goal of £200!
On their JustGiving page, Michelle has extended her thanks to all those supporting the ride,
“Macmillan gives people with cancer everything they’ve got,” she says.
“I personally have 4 immediate family members that have been struck with this awful disease and recently a close family friend, so I am sure as your reading this, you can perhaps relate to my experience with people close to you,’ she adds.
“I can’t save the world through this bike ride alone, but I can try and raise an amount of money that may just may, contribute towards the research to cure people. In memory of Mum and Dad… For all others close by or in my memory, you are not forgotten. [A] 48 Mile Cycle ride is a long, long way, it’s a challenge…one I can’t wait to take.”
And Michelle and Gavin don’t want to stop at £200. If you can, please join us in offering your support to this worthy cause by donating today via Michelle and Gavin’s JustGiving Page or directly to the Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride group.
If you would like to participate in the ride yourself, there is still time to register, either online until 12 o’clock on Friday 1st July, or simply turn up and enter on the day. And to get in touch with Michelle and Gavin, and the rest of the ServiceMaster Clean Bournemouth team, don’t hesitate to call 01202 895551.
By Tom Page, Digital Content Writer