20 year friend of Jamie Smith (Director of Squadron Leader) James Walker, 31 from Kent was diagnosed with kidney cancer back in November 2009. It was removed in December and he was given the all-clear this January. During this time James and his family received generous support from the Macmillan Cancer Support foundation and as a returning favour James wants to help raise as much money as he can for them.
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. They provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care.
James is planning on participating in a 4 day London to Paris bike ride on September 15th ending at the Eiffel tower with fellow cancer survivor friend Nathan Wake. Not only do the cyclists face potential warm weather making the ride hard to bare but both have to carry 4 days worth of weight unsupported over the 288 miles.
GForces donated £500 to James for this cause as this charity is close to many of our colleague’s hearts.
Next year James is hoping to participate in a South America bike ride and a Scotland to England ride to support the foundation. We wish them both good health and the best of luck on their trek.
You can follow James and Nathan via their Facebook page which will be updated regularly prior to and during the ride. You can also follow their tweets on Twitter. (Links uploaded shortly)