Peter Galliford, commercial director at Mechline Developments, will be taking on the tough John O’Groats to Land’s End cycle trek this month, in memory of his brother and friends, to raise awareness and funds for cancer charities.
Manufacturer Mechline makes a point of helping various local and national good causes, chosen because they have directly or indirectly touched the lives and hearts of Mechline staff and industry colleagues.
This month, Galliford looks to peddle 1,000+ miles over 12 days from the extreme northern point of Scotland to Land’s End in Cornwall, in order to raise funds for Macmillan and the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, which is based in Mount Vernon, London, and aims to help with early and ongoing cancer diagnostics.
Galliford detailed: “Very sadly I lost my beloved brother Ian to cancer earlier this year. A great person, inspiring and much loved and missed. The illness can be treated and managed, that we all know, and he acknowledged that there were always better potential outcomes and therefore to retain hope, especially for others.
“Earlier diagnosis could have undoubtedly helped. For him, the greatest issue was the care that he received was unbelievably ‘good’, especially when the going got tough.
“I also have a very close wonderful friend in the industry who is battling hard with the illness. It is a great tribute to his courage and hope that he has not lost his wonderful sense of humour and selflessness. Similarly, he has shared that the greatest issues are that of diagnostics and out of hospital care.”
With this is mind, Galliford and friends’ cycle ride over the entire length of Britain will be totally self-supported carrying (or towing) all their own gear. The route runs through the Scottish highlands, the Lake District, the hills and valleys of the Peak District, the Welsh borderlands, the Cotswolds and to finish, the Cornwall coastline.
Galliford commented: “Other than juggling and doing other circus tricks as we go, I’m not sure how we could make it much more challenging – suggestions not necessary, thanks!”
He added: “We’ve been already sincerely touched by the wonderful support and generosity from friends, family and work colleagues, but significantly from the foodservice equipment industry – some incredibly generous and selfless support, which makes it all so worthwhile. The charities will appreciate every penny – it’s been very humbling.”
Donations can be made HERE.
Mechline will be posting regular updates on Galliford’s whereabouts throughout his ride via the firm’s twitter account.