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James Gamble

A Gamble Across Britain

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]So this is the big one. In many ways, everything I have done in the last 3 years has been leading to this event. The plan is to start in Lands End and then cycle to John O'Groats in 9 days, covering a total of 969 miles (give or take a mile or 2).[/p][p]Its not until September 2019, but Mel and I are totally focused on raising a minimum of £3500. And if truth be told, it gives me a chance to get physically ready too! Many of you will be aware that I am a rider already. The biggest cycle challenge I've done to date is taking part in Ride London - a one day, 100 mile cycle race, so I am used to the bike. But don't be in any doubt - this new challenge is by FAR the biggest thing I have ever done.[/p][p]I am riding on behalf of Nerve Tumours UK, which many of you will know has played a big and important part in my family's life for the last 4 years.[/p][p]My youngest daughter Lily was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis when she was just 3 years old. Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic condition. It is a collective name for a group of genetic conditions in which benign (non-cancerous) growths or tumours affect the nervous system. It is caused by a mutation (or spelling mistake) in one of the genes and varies from one person to another, even in the same family. The Neuro Foundation complements the services already provided by the NHS and tries to ensure that all patients have access to health care appropriate to their needs.[/p][p]Lily has café au lait spots (flat brown birthmarks) on her skin, freckles in unusual places, and neurofibromas (lumps and bumps) on her skin. She is aware of the physical differences she has from other children and she is just starting to understand other differences too. Mel and I are both aware of what the future could potentially hold for Lily and are very grateful that she is able to lead a virtually normal life at the moment. She goes to hospital regularly for check ups on her eyes and ears, which are a common place for the tumours to grow, and to see her consultant. We are very blessed to have the NHS in this country - it is populated with some of the most professional and loving people you could hope to have care for your daughter.[/p][p]Whilst it would be wonderful for Lily to not have this condition, the silver lining has been that we've met some fantastic people along the way. Some of our closet friends, Sarah and Pete, also have a daughter called Lilly who is the same age as our Lily and also has NF1. They are literally like peas in a pod! They clicked the first day they were introduced and are now BFF's! It is beyond hope that Lily has made such an important connection with someone who is going through the same journey as she is. Another large part of NF1 is the challenges that many sufferers have socially. My dream is that the 2 girls will forever be a part of each others lives - someone they can talk to about what they're going through.[/p][p]We have great plans for the next 18 months to fundraise, including a 70's Disco Night, Quiz Night and maybe another Barn Dance...watch this space and thank you so much for reading.[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

07 Sep 2019


Oct 6, 2019


Kindly donated by some of James work colleagues


Sep 27, 2019

Jo Harris

Well done James, Amazing achievement for a wonderful cause Love the Harris family xxxx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 23, 2019

Sue Shirley

Congratulations James. After your set back it’s a huge tribute to your determination that you completed the challenge. Well done.

Sep 22, 2019

Bryan Ellis

Well done James from Great Uncle Bryan


Sep 19, 2019

Jo withey

Well done

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Sep 15, 2019

Vikki’s auntie and uncle up north

Well done James amazing achievement for an important charity

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 15, 2019


Amazing job James, you smashed it. Well done from the Williams family XXXXXX


Sep 15, 2019

Sarah Weatherill

Well done James.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 15, 2019

Craig and Tracey Hummer

More from us Northerners... a fantastic effort... well done James

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 15, 2019

Chris Smith

What a valiant effort , well done .

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid