Former England footballer Geoff Thomas beat blood cancer. But many of the friends he made along the way were not so fortunate.
Inspired by the bravery of patients around him and a determination to beat blood cancer Geoff began fundraising and campaigning for better access to life-saving treatments through clinical trials.
Fresh from his recent London to Paris Cycle Ride, Geoff is set to take on his toughest challenge in recent years - Everest Base Camp. From 8-24 September, Geoff will join a team of 20 Wickes colleagues and suppliers, to cycle from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp as part of this epic adventure in the Himalayas.
The team are hoping to raise over £100k for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. The altitude and terrain make this an extremely tough challenge as the team endures extreme temperatures when crossing some of the highest mountain passes in the world.
Travelling an average distance of 45 miles per day - pretty much uphill all the way - the team will experience a maximum altitude of 5,210 meters as they cycle over the backbone of the Himalayas.
If you'd like to sponsor Geoff, visit justgiving.com/wickeseverest
Helen Rollason Award
In 2005 Geoff received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Helen Rollason Award for his extraordinary efforts.
Following this success, he set up the Geoff Thomas Foundation to raise money and campaign for this cause. So far Geoff has raised more than £1 million and brought immense awareness of the problems involved in delivering treatments to patients with blood cancer.
Cycling to beat blood cancer
In 2005, just six months after finishing treatment for leukaemia, Geoff took on the Tour de France, raising more than £179,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Geoff completed the Tour de France again in 2007, this time accompanied by other cancer survivors to raise money for the Geoff Thomas Foundation.
Give blood cancer the red card
Geoff recently launched a campaign to get football clubs around the country to support the fight against leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma and Give Blood Cancer the Red Card.
This campaign was launched at Selhurst Park, the ground of Geoff’s former club Crystal Palace who he captained to the FA cup final in 1990.
Football fans at clubs around the country will be holding up red cards at their home stadiums to show their support for Geoff’s important campaign.
Geoff Thomas National Cup
Hosted by Powerleague, The Geoff Thomas National Cup was a nationwide 5-a-side tournament raising money and awareness for the Geoff Thomas Foundation. Regional heats took part all across the country in late October. The winning team from each heat then traveled to Birmingham on Sunday 21 November to compete in the Grand Final.
For more information, visit The Geoff Thomas National Cup page.