Working with the Teenage Cancer Trust. #TeamLucy
If you follow me on twitter or facebook I hope you will have seen my shameless plugs for my project with the Teenage Cancer Trust at 70.3 Staffs in June where, incidentally, I will be defending champion (another shameless plug…)
Being a pro-triathlete is somewhat of a selfish pursuit and for a while now I’ve been trying to think of ways in which I can do something a bit more useful with my time than just swim, bike and run. I’ve now got a little bit of a platform in the UK and I’m absolutely delighted to be able to use it to raise money for a charity which is very close to my heart, Teenage Cancer Trust.
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the seven young people aged 13 to 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. The charity funds and builds specialist units in NHS hospitals and provides dedicated staff, bringing young people together so they can be treated by teenage cancer experts in the best place for them. It means that young people with cancer aren’t just treated on an adult ward and allows a much more holistic treatment approach.
Teenage Cancer Trust also does brilliant work with long-term cancer survivors, helping get their lives back on track after missing much of their childhood or teenage years undergoing treatment. I was very honoured to be invited to give a speech at the Teenage Cancer Trust ‘Find Your Sense of Tumour’ conference a couple of weeks ago. This is a fun, inspiring and empowering weekend for young people with cancer and, while I was pretty nervous about giving a talk to an audience I actually found somewhat intimidating, I think it went down OK. I certainly came away very excited about being involved with a brilliant charity that I believe in 100%. It’s great to feel passionate about something other than triathlon again. I think I’d almost forgotten how much I used to love being an oncologist.
Anyway, back to my project….
I’m putting together a fundraising team for 70.3 Staffordshire. It’s an absolutely INCREDIBLE deal if you get involved. Membership of the team costs only £150 and with this you get a package worth more than £2000 (details below). While we ask for a minimum fund-raising target of £2000 per participant, the Teenage Cancer Trust will provide excellent individual fund-raising advice so it should be an entirely achievable goal.
So what does the package involve?
Firstly, I guarantee you’ll have fun! You’ll enjoy the training and you’ll love the race. And not much will beat the feeling you get when you cross the finish line! Finishing an Ironman 70.3 is a phenomenal achievement and knowing that by doing so you’re raising money for such a worthwhile cause makes it even more so. I absolutely promise smiles and laughter…. And all the money you raise will go to charity. Not a single one of the sponsors is being paid for their input. They have all signed up for free.
So down to the nitty-gritty – what do you get?
- Race entry to the sold-out Ironman 70.3 Staffs (normally £230)
- An 18-week training plan written by me, with opportunities for one-one advice from me during the project.
- Invitations to 3 exclusive #TeamLucy days (details below).
- Accommodation in a hotel the night before the race.
- Celebratory drinks for you and your family after the race.
- Entry to Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon on 13 March.
- A bike service and pre-race check provided by Bridgtown cycles.
- A bike-fit provided by Bike-fit.co.uk
- An exclusive kit-package including:
- Exclusive tri-suit
- A pair of Bloc-Titan sunglasses
- High 5 nutrition
- Blue Seventy swim goggles, and 30% discount on Blue Seventy wetsuits
- Greepers laces
- Erdinger Alkohlofrei visor, buff, race belt, swim hat, water bottles and a case of Erdinger Alkoholfrei
- Sport-stiks tattoos for race-day
And this is just for starters. I’m hoping to be able to include additional extras by the time of the launch. And sponsors – if you want to get on board – feel free to get in touch!
I’m genuinely extremely excited about this project. #TeamLucy is open to anyone. It will definitely be a challenge and it will definitely be fun. And it’s raising money for an absolutely wonderful charity. So has anyone got any reasons not to get involved?!
Details of the training days.
#TeamLucy launch: London based. 1st Feb
- Hear from a young person who has been helped by the Teenage Cancer Trust
- Training plan overview
- Specialist advice on triathlon nutrition (provided by High 5)
- General Q+A with myself and other experts
Training day 2: Staffordshire based. Hosted by Bridgtown cycles. – 27th March
- A ride around the race-course and opportunities to chat through training plans with me.
- Great opportunity to take up Bike-fit.co.uk’s generous offer of a bike fit
Training day 3: Cambridge based. 24th April.