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Neil Driver

Neil Driver's 425 Mile Cycle Challenge

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

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Target £0.00

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Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi, thanks for visiting my fund-raising page.[/p] [p]My next big physical challenge, in October 2015, is to cycle 425 miles from the North to the South of Israel.  Israel’s borders are only 263 miles apart and so we will be going across the country too. We will be cycling over 8 days and in heat of possibly up to 90 dgerees. I am looking forward to seeing more of Israel close up and especially the second half from the dead sea, through the desert to the southeren border past Eilat.[/p] [p]This particular challenge has even more meaning for me since being diagnosed with Prostate Cancer at the end of 2015. It certainly was a shock when I learnt of my illness, as in the past these things ‘only happen to other people’. Thankfully I was one of the lucky ones, finding out at a stage when it had to be treated but was still contained, although at 52 years old I was at the younger end of the age scale. Fortunately I only needed an operation to cure me with no on-going treatment.[/p] [p]Prostate Cancer is quite a “silent disease” as it is possible to have it and not feel any different to normal. Because of this, it can develop and spread to a life threatening stage without one realising.  Research is vital, Prostate Cancer UK are constantly trying to find new and better diagnosis and treatments to help men in the future all over the country.[/p] [p]During my illness I found Prostate Cancer UK to be invaluable with their information and support, which were both really excellent. So I chose this charity to help fund their research and resources to benefit men and families in a situation similar to myself.[/p] [p]I made my commitment to doing this 425 mile ride between diagnosis and operation. In February I was back cycling just 10 days after my operation. Yes, it was a tad sore that day! This big goal has been a vital part of getting my mind and body fit again after the mental shock and physical issues of my illness and operation. The motivation for me to train for this challenge has been different to my previous physical challenges of climbing to the top of Kilimanjaro, Cycling from San Francisco to LA and London to Paris. This time I feel it is a more significant personal goal with a far deeper meaning. Previously I was really pushing my mental and physical boundaries far past where I felt my limits were but this time I still have to be fully prepared to complete the challenge but at the same time need to have enough in the tank to leave reserves of energy left at the end. [/p] [p]I would like to thank all my family, friends, work colleagues and clients who have been so supportive and understanding throughout my illness and recovery plus my cycle buddies for your continued micky taking and camaraderie.[/p] [p]Please do give generously to this vital cause. Us men are not the best at dealing with this particular health issue and we need all the help there is.[/p] [p]Gents, if you haven’t done it by now, please, please check your prostate health by speaking to your doctor and having a blood test, that’s all it need be, if you know what I mean![/p] [p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to the charity. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.[/p] [p]As before all the costs of the challenge are met by me and 100% of your donations go to the charity.[/p] [p]I really appreciate your support and thank you for donations of any amount. We are constantly asked to make some kind of charity donation or other, but if you can dig that little deeper and be extra generous with this one, us men will be forever grateful.[/p] [p]All the best[/p] [p]Neil[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

17 Oct 2015


Dec 16, 2015

Justin Kent

Well done - whatever next?!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Nov 18, 2015

Alison Rosenthal

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Nov 11, 2015

Sandra Jacobs

Good luck Neil love from the Jacobs family x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 24, 2015

Marilyn and Ray

Well done, Neil, very worthy cause x

Oct 22, 2015

Ali, Jeremy , Sophie, Adam

Well done and good luck X

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 20, 2015

Jenny & family

Well done Neil! Fantastic job :o)

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 19, 2015

Richard & Louise

Neil, I hope you get this message during the challenge and our thoughts helps spur you on a little bit - really very impressed. See you soon, best wishes, Richard & Louise

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Oct 15, 2015

Jo Saward

You're still mad!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 14, 2015


I, of all people, know how much you have dug deep to achieve this challenge. I am so proud and impressed as always. Keep motivated and keep going x

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 14, 2015

The Supplies House

Good Luck