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Graham McCusker

North Coast 500

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]#NC500 [/b]North Coast of Scotland Circular [/p][p]500-Mile Cycle[/p][p]31st August - 6th September[/p][p]Graham, Declan, Joe, James are raising money for [b]HaTS [/b](Haematology and Transplant Support)[/p][p]So, everyone has a story, right? Here is mine... On 4th February 2016, I was diagnosed with Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia (APML), a type of blood cancer. When I was in the initial stages of treatment at The Christie Hospital, the volunteers from HaTS really made my time in isolation on the Young Persons Cancer Ward more bearable, and again when I visited as an outpatient for chemotherapy. The main aim of this independent charity is to provide and improve upon the support and care provided to patients and families on the Haematology and Transplant Unit (HTU). From something as simple as having a chat – from St Mirren FC’s latest scoreboard all the way through to coping mechanisms regarding the more serious effects of the treatments – keeping me well fed and catered for, or checking if I needed any extra support out with what The Christie was already doing for me. The charity also took charge of the often-neglected life administrative issues, such as communicating with certain employers explaining why I wouldn’t be available for gigs or teaching, at a time when I didn’t feel physically or mentally able to even pick up the phone.[/p][p]Now in existence for over 30 years, HaTS help patients and their families overcome some of the day to day challenges they encounter when faced with life threatening illnesses and periods of isolation. Whilst recognising the excellent clinical care and support provided by the HTU, HaTS also recognises that sometimes patients and their families need that little extra support which is often outside of the NHS resources.[/p][p]The funds raised by HaTS are used to provide financial assistance to those patients and carers experiencing difficulties. The funds also help to improve the service provided on the unit, mainly by providing Complementary Therapies to patients and carers alike. These therapies help with the physical and emotional effects experienced as a result of a cancer diagnosis.[/p][p]Please donate to this incredible charity and follow our progress on our Instagram page @saddlesoresingers. There are definitely going to be some highs and lows…I can promise moments of madness. Most likely Graham impersonating a cow or sheep, or Joe calling a peacock, James being the only one who actually finishes it, and Declan singing Nessun Dorma half up Bealach Ne Ba![/p][p][br][/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

31 Aug 2019


Sep 15, 2019



Sep 14, 2019

David Jackson

Congratulations, everyone


Sep 13, 2019



Sep 12, 2019

Kenny Boyd

Congratulations on completing your cycle. Well done.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 11, 2019

Lucy Hewitt

Well done guys!!


Sep 10, 2019


Mon yersel!

£95.69 plus £23.92 Gift Aid

Sep 10, 2019

Declan McCusker

So good to see your target exceeded! Proud to have been part of the team. Bealach na ba was a highlight for me . My 125 miles in those hills was awesome. Super tough challenge and so well organised. Graham/Joe/James I take my hat off to you. Declan.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Sep 10, 2019

Adam Shaw

Well done mate, that is some achievement, I'd have a hard time doing that on my motorbike let alone cycling !! Awesome !!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 10, 2019

Christopher Littlewood

Great job guys! Hope your bottoms aren’t too sore!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 10, 2019

Charlie North

Well done Graham!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid