Graham Cycles for Charity
Written by admin on 8 July 2020
Stirling City Radio’s breakfast show presenter Graham Taylor is set to undertake fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support by attempting an ambitious 700 mile cycle challenge ‘2020 Ride For Elaine’ in memory of his wife who died of lung cancer.
Starting on 13 July, Graham will combine his Good Morning Stirling breakfast show each day with getting on his bike and aims to complete the challenge on 8 August, hoping to raise £10,000 in the process.
Elaine was a regular at gym classes and cycled many hundreds of miles with Graham all over Europe, but pain she had been experiencing in her hip was in fact Stage 4 metastatic lung cancer. She lost her very short and brave fight in June last year.
Graham said: “It was impossible to comprehend that someone who looked after herself as Elaine did, and was incredibly vibrant and fit, could be in this position. Macmillan Cancer Support and their team of healthcare professionals offered vital help at a time when as a family we were at our most vulnerable, and have continued to support us since.”
Graham raised more than £5,000 last year by cycling 280 miles in five days.
This year, Coronavirus has forced him to postpone the original 700 mile route which he planned with Elaine in her final days which included cycling from St Malo in France to Amsterdam and the 2012 Olympic road race course in the 100 mile Prudential RideLondon.
Graham said: “Given the change in circumstances it was an obvious thing to combine the show with the ride. It gives an extra layer of motivation to get me on the bike day after day!”
Fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, Sarah Goldie, said: “We have been so incredibly grateful to Graham given what he and his family have been through.
“It is simply stunning that he has committed to raising these fantastic amounts of money at a time when we are feeling under financial pressure with major fundraising events unable to take place as demand for cancer services is greater than ever.
Graham said: “The support we received from Macmillan Cancer Support was nothing short of incredible and is needed now more than ever when people are at their most vulnerable – especially during a time of national crisis.”
“People have their favourite charities and there are some very deserving local causes but cancer is increasingly affecting so many families that people may also wish to donate a little to Macmillan as, like myself, you never know when that support may be required. I have worked with Macmillan to create the facility to automatically donate £5 by a simple text.”
To donate to Graham’s appeal you can donate £5 by simply texting RIDE to 70550