Cycling for Charlie
Tuesday 27 August 2019
13 players and staff from the University of St Andrews Football Club and Department of Sport and Exercise completed a gruelling cycling challenge as they battled the elements from St Andrews to Manchester raising funds for the charity Bloodwise (formally Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research).
The challenge was completed over 3 days. Day 1 took the team to Moffat, 110 miles from St Andrews and they started Day 2 with 85 miles ahead of them to finish in Windermere, before finally embarking on the last 90 miles on day 3 to finish at Old Trafford stadium, home of Manchester United Football Club. The group, consisted of Stuart Milne (Director of Football), Ian MacCallum (Director of Water Polo), Ross Whittaker (Saints Sport Personal Trainer), Claire Tracey (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Sami Azam-Ali (Student), Will McIlveen (Student), Tom Grant (Student), Findlay Tough (student), Dan Cohen (Student), Joseph Hamm (student), Greg Cox (student), Bradley McCallion (student) and Taylor Brackin (student) with Conor McRitchie (Football Coach) and Mark Gillespie (Sports Finance Manager) playing vital roles in the form of support staff.
Over the 3 days the group had to endure some horrendous weather but worked tirelessly to achieve the end outcome which was so rewarding for all involved. The challenge came about due to one of Saints Footballs Men’s 1stteam players Charlie Andrews (Chazza) unfortunately being diagnosed with blood cancer back in March and has been undergoing treatment in Manchester ever since.
Director of Football, Stuart Milne commented on the trip “It is difficult to describe just how challenging a trip this has been with not just the physical demands but the mental demands as well as battling the very tough weather conditions. Everyone involved played a massive part in getting us over the line and I am so proud of the group for what it has achieved. Memories have been made for life and everyone will take away many learning aspects too. Thank you to everyone for their support not only financially but messages of support and organisational too, especially within the Saints Sport team”.
The targeted amount for fundraising was £3000. At the time of writing, just under £4000 has been raised. If anyone would like to donate they can do so via the following link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/saintsfootball-bloodwise.
The best news of all though is that as the group were half way through day 1 news broke that Charlie is in stage one of remission and is due to return to the university early in the new year to carry on his degree.
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