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Graham McCusker

North Coast 500

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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 22, 2019

Frank and Jane


Sep 20, 2019

Frank and Jane Church

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 20, 2019

Paul Anwyl

Great achievement!!. Very well done!!.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 19, 2019


from Emma's Nanny

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 18, 2019



Sep 18, 2019

Fraser and Ann

Congratulations. Hope you enjoyed the scenery.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 18, 2019

Julie Martin-Carter


Sep 17, 2019

Simon H

Great effort ! Well done Declan and sons!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 16, 2019

Pat Why

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 16, 2019

Jan Beaton

Well done All!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid