As a company, it’s no secret that we love to show our support for charity events across the country. So, when we heard that the Executive Distributer of Pago in the UK, Marvin Henshaw, is about to take on the Steel City Cycle Challenge, we couldn’t wait to dust off our bikes and get behind this deserving cause.
Raising money for the region’s only specialist cancer hospital, Weston Park Hospital, we will be cheering on cyclists taking part in the challenging 100-mile trek on Sunday 17th September. The Yorkshire bike ride is back following two successful Steel City Cycle Challenges, which raised collectively £29,754 to help individuals receiving vital treatment, so it’s a well worthy cause!
This is an incredible story and one that we are so proud to be supporting with a donation of £500. The Yorkshire bike race dubbed the ‘Tour De South Yorkshire’ will see cancer survivor, Henshaw, taking on the challenge to raise money in memory of his cousin, Craig.
We for one couldn’t be prouder of his efforts to raise awareness of individuals living with cancer who need essential care. This emotional tribute goes out to his cousin who he sadly lost to cancer. Henshaw shares his story with us:
“When I was 23 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which was life changing.”
“During this difficult time, I had fantastic support from my friends and family. My cousins, Craig and Andrew Hall, inspired me to think about travelling the world when I got better and this gave me the motivation to get well. Fortunately, I did make a full recovery, so I spent the next two years travelling.”
While on his travels, his cousin joined him in Asia and Australia which was one of the most rewarding periods of his life. Craig loved travelling so much that he was determined to live there in the future. Some years later, Craig married and had two beautiful children of his own; he moved to Australia and lived out his dream with his family. Unfortunately, after just a few months he was diagnosed with cancer and had to return home to England.
“Sadly, my cousin passed away soon after and it left a massive hole in our hearts. Following his death, along with close friends, we created the Craig Hall Memorial Fund for whom we hold regular charity events to support cancer care in the South Yorkshire region,” Marvin added.
He believes that with the support of those closest to him and generous donations from the public and sponsors, the Steel City Cycle Challenge will continue to improve the lives of those fighting cancer.
How you can help:
If you’d like to join us in our support for the cyclists and help them reach their £10,000 fundraising target for the above charity, then you can donate online via their Just Giving Page. Alternatively, you can simply text 70070 followed by the code SYND99 and your amount.