Meet Our First Taj Mahal Challenge Cyclists!

11 September 2019
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Meet Our First Taj Mahal Challenge Cyclists!

In eight weeks time, 30 supporters of Teens Unite will board their flight to India, ready for the Taj Mahal Cycling Challenge. We are incredibly excited that so many individuals are joining us on this amazing adventure, and we are grateful for the time and effort they continue to give in order to support Teens Unite.

They've been working so hard on their fundraising and training over the past few months, and with the countdown well and truly on, we are delighted to start introducing you to the team. 

 John Moore

What is your day job? "I’m retired" 

Describe your cycling ability/experience: "I don’t do much cycling but did the Teens Unite Vietnam to Cambodia challenge in 2017." 

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? "I’m delighted to do anything to raise funds for Teens Unite as I’ve seen first-hand all the great work they do.

What are you most looking forward to (or not looking forward to!) about the challenge? "I’ve been to India before and loved the country and the people, but it’s a tough place to navigate especially on a bike! I’m so looking forward to the camaraderie that you get on these challenges where everyone encourages each other to pull through."

 Why should people donate? "I really hope people can imagine how tough it is for a young person when they are told they have Cancer and the battle that lies ahead for them. So please give generously."

 

 Clare Shipton

What is your day job?  "I work in Accounts for Robert Sterling Surveyors."

Describe your cycling ability/experience: "I'm reasonably fit."

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? "I think this is a great charity and I really wanted to help them to continue their amazing work."

What are you most looking forward to (or not looking forward to!) about the challenge? "I'm not looking forward to too many hills! I am looking forward to raising money for a great cause and the team building on the cycle."

Why should people donate? "This is a fantastic charity that does fantastic things for young people that have had to deal with cancer at such a young age."

 

 

 James Catton

What is your day job? "University Student"

Describe your cycling ability/experience: "I did a few bike rides when I was 13 and younger. I cycled a bit in the gym when in sixth form too. I have also done a few bike rides with the bike I was given by Teens Unite!"

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? "I wanted to do a challenge to give back to Teens Unite, especially after receiving a bike from them to help my recovery." 

What are you most looking forward to (or not looking forward to!) about the challenge? "I'm looking forward to meeting new people and exploring vast amounts of a new country, but I'm not looking forward to waking up with achy legs the morning after a long day in the saddle!"

Why should people donate? "Teens Unite is an amazing charity that has helped me and so many other Teens fulfil their potential in life and put their life back on track. My mental health has never been so good and my aspirations in life are very much within my grasp."

 

  Kim Geeves

What is your day job? "I am a Massage Bodyworker and Reflexologist. I am also a tutor and teach massage courses."

Describe your cycling ability/experience: "I have always loved cycling and generally just do it as a hobby! When I can go out, I cycle for anything from 10 to 40 miles at a time. I have done a cycling challenge before in 2000 in China which was extremely hard and very mountainous but good fun."

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? "My Godson was diagnosed with a Brain Tumor at the age of 18 and he didn't have anyone to talk to of the same age who could understand what he was going though. I am sure it would have been a great help if he had somewhere like Teens Unite to access." 

What are you most looking forward to (or not looking forward to!) about the challenge? "I am looking forward to all of the ride, the challenge of the weather, and getting a taste of India's culture. I don't feel that there is anything that I am not looking forward to!" 

Why should people donate? "People should donate for this cause because it gives these young people the chance to meet others going through the same challenges as them, to give them the chance to talk to others who know what they are going through. Teens Unite allows them to do other activities to take their mind off of their illness and to relieve them of the isolation that they might feel."

 Sue Dawson

What is your day job? "Company Director."

Describe your cycling ability/experience: "I have previously taken part in Teens Unite's Vietnam to Cambodia challenge."

Why did you want to take on this challenge for Teens Unite? "I’ve been having various treatments for breast cancer since 2003. This is a way to give something back to the amazing individuals who make the journey easier to endure, who bring hope for the future and, in the case of this very special organisation, who bring laughter and camaraderie to teenagers who would otherwise be feeling devastated and alone." 

What are you most looking forward to (or not looking forward to!) about the challenge? "I'm looking forward to re-joining a team of like-minded, positive people and raising money for a fantastic cause. The biggest challenge will be getting fit enough to go and staying fit enough when I get there!"

Why should people donate? "Because this matters. Cancer affects us all. It rips families apart. It could be you next!"

 

Keep an eye out on all our social media channels to hear more about our cyclists and their Taj Mahal Cycling Challenge, which commences on 7th November. To show the team your support, please click here to donate. 

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