Cycletours across Europe for worthy causes

 

Other pages:
Prostate cancer - an introduction
Lessons I've learned the hard way
 
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It's a wonderful life!

Prostate cancer has focussed my outlook on life and I've enjoyed the last 11 years, in its shadow, with a new appreciation of just how wonderful life can be. So don't let the years pass you by - make the most of every day you have!

Here are links to the tours I've undertaken since my cancer diagnosis in 2004:
 

the open road 
2015   Finland to France
2014   Wales-Gibraltar   -   see below
2014   France
2013   France
2013   Ukraine
2012   Wales-Turkey   -   see below
2012   Spain
2010   Corfu-Wales   -   see below
2009   Norway
2008   Russia
2007   Iceland trek
2005   Belgium

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Europe 2014 map
Autumn 2014
3400 km from Wales to Gibraltar

£ 10,500 raised for 'Médecins Sans Frontières'

I cycled from Wales to the Straits of Gibraltar, on my own, for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

This humanitarian organisation provides medical aid where it's most needed, regardless of race, religion, politics or gender. It has already won the Nobel Peace Prize for raising awareness of the plight of the people it helps and for fighting the vested interests of the giant pharmaceutical companies. It's an independent, impartial organisation for which I have huge respect.

Thank you to everyone who supported me and donated over £10,000 for such a worthy cause.

This turned out to be quite a tough journey for me. Click on the map for a full report and photos.

 
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Europe 2012 mapAutumn 2012
5000 km from Wales to Istanbul

£ 8,500 raised for 'Cyclists Fighting Cancer'

It took me 3 months to cycle, unsupported, from my home in Wales to Istanbul. I passed through many interesting countries in both Western and Eastern Europe and, through the generosity of a large number of individual sponsors, raised over £8000 to help children and young people whose lives have been affected by cancer.

Cyclists Fighting Cancer provides adapted bikes and trikes as a fun and practical way for children to regain lost strength, fitness and confidence. Having undergone radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone-therapy myself, I know just how awful cancer treatment can be. You have to endure months of feeling really sick before any benefits can be felt. It's bad enough for adults - just imagine how children must feel.

Click on the map for a full report and photos.

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Europe 2010 mapAutumn 2010
4000 km from Corfu to Wales

£ 8,500 raised for 'Prostate Cancer UK'

I cycled through 13 countries and regions in the autumn of 2010, unsupported and mainly alone, to raise awareness of prostate cancer. This trip raised over £8000 for Prostate Cancer UK through the generosity of hundreds of individual sponsors. Thank you!

This charity helps sufferers like me by providing valuable information and support. It also funds research, some of which has already contributed to the hormone therapy that many of us are undergoing, and it is ultimately striving for a world where men are no longer blighted by this unnecessary disease.

Click on the map for a full report and photos.

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Does your club or organisation need a speaker?

Please get in touch if you'd like me to give a presentation to your group. I'll share my travel photos and experiences with you and will also say a few words about prostate cancer. I can keep going for up to 90 minutes - just how long is up to you! As long as my immediate expenses are met, all money raised will go to one of the charities mentioned above.

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Other pages:
Prostate cancer - an introduction
Lessons I've learned the hard way
 
Chris and Di : Cornant home page


 

 

Wales

CHRIS BELL
Cornant, Cribyn, Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 7QW, Wales, UK
www.cornant.uk           chris@cornant.uk

 
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