The Prostate Cancer UK charity bike ride from London to Amsterdam is kicking off at The Matchroom Stadium and Neil Taylor, CEO of the Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme, will lead the four man team that will represent the club to complete the 150-mile challenge.
There will be around 100 Club officials, volunteers and loyal supporters gathered from across the country joining forces to cycle form Orient on June 6th. They will cycle to Harwich for an overnight ferry and then into the centre of Amsterdam. It is aimed to be an enjoyable challenge for an important cause as each member taking part is asked to raise £1000 for Prostate Cancer UK.
Neil explained that Orient are thrilled to be hosting the depart, he said, “The idea for the bike ride came about through discussions with the Football League and Prostate Cancer UK. They saw it as a great way of engaging people from the football clubs and fans in something that is fun but also something that is meaningful and worthwhile.”
Supporters representing all 72 clubs from the Sky Bet Football League will gather at Orient to begin their journey. He added, “We are completely honoured to be hosting the grand depart on the 6th June and we felt an obligation that we should contribute more than other clubs. Four of us from the charity team are taking the plunge into cycling further than we’ve ever cycled before.”
One in eight men will be affected by Prostate Cancer in the UK and Taylor wants to people to join the force for good. “We want to get the players involved, the fans involved, we want everyone involved, firstly to raise awareness for Prostate cancer and the terrible effects that it can have on lives and families, but also the positive things that Prostate Cancer UK does including the support and help that they give. Anyone that can should represent their club with pride.
“Please help us as much as you can, you can donate online via our just giving page, www.justgiving.com/LeytonOrientCycle2014 As a team, we need to raise £4000 between now and June. You can also text or follow us on Facebook and twitter. The club will be following our story so please follow too and give as generously as you can.
“We have all got our own stories for why we want to do this within the team, but we are all committed to doing it and we really want you to get behind us and really fund and give as much as you can and also spread the word about prostate cancer, get men checked out, there is a certain age group of men that may have it for years and do not realize until its too late, so it is absolutely fundamental that we raise awareness and we raise funding for this worthwhile charity.”
The LOCSP have already started their training and one of the representatives Phil Rudling, spoke about the importance of training properly and how hard it is going to be, “We have appointed Tony Murphy on our team who is an experienced coach, he is leading our training schedule. We need to build up our stamina and our overall fitness and Tony is going to work us hard as well as himself. We have just had our first two training sessions and we are going to have to work very hard.”
For more information visit the Prostate Cancer UK cycle challenge website here