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CYCLIST Dean Banfield will be embarking on a massive challenge this September, taking part in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain, cycling a total of 970 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just 9 days.
Dean, who is a former pupil of Forest & Sandridge Primary School and George Ward School, will be raising money for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families.
Now working as head of properties & facilities at CLIC Sargent based in Bristol, Dean was inspired to take on this challenge having seen at first hand the important work the charity does. The ‘Homes from Home’ programme offers children and young people and their families somewhere to stay close to cancer treatment centres across the UK for the duration of their treatment.
Dean says, “I have had the chance to visit many of the homes and have been blown away by the families, their stories, the amazing teams working in these homes and seen the difference these places are making to family lives at a time that is really devastating. It’s inspired me to realise a long-standing ambition to cycle the length of the country and hopefully I can raise as much money as possible for the charity in doing so.”
Dean, with the support of his wife and family, has been organising fundraising events including pub quizzes, raffles, cake sales and office sweepstakes to help him reach his target and is keen to raise awareness of the charity.
If you would like to donate to Dean’s challenge and show your support you can TEXT: BAN79 and the amount you would like to give £1, £2, £5, £10, £20 to 70070. To hear more about CLIC Sargent and how you can join the fight for Young Lives vs Cancer visit www.clicsargent.org