9 gals, 3 teams, 2 charities, 1 tri
On Saturday the 4th August, on hopefully a gloriously sunny (and boiling!) day like today 9 of us, in 3 teams of 3 will take on the AJ Bell London tri - when signing up we definitely did not realise how profesh this triathlon was, so getting a little nervy about it.
It was so hard to try and pick a charity to raise money for as there are just so many important causes out there, but in the end we narrowed it down to two which are particularly close to two of the team members' hearts. Here are their stories...
Simone Cowland Trust - for Cystic Fibrosis
Jordi one of the team members lost one of her oldest and closest friends, to Cystic Fibrosis. In her words "he was the most incredible, inspiring, funny and kind person she ever had the privilege to know." They spent almost every summer of their childhood down in Cornwall together with their families, and due to the nature of his illness, he had to do a lot of exercise so a lot of time was spent going out on long, hot, hilly bicycle rides. Jordi has therefore chosen to do the cycling leg of the triathlon, and raise money in Leo's name as he was the only person she would ever get on a bike for. Leo spent a lot of time, especially towards the end of his illness in the Foulis ward at the Royal Brompton Hospital.
Unfortunately people with CF cannot mix during their stays in hospital because of the risk of cross-infection. Every patient must stay in their own room and this can often be for weeks on end. It is the aim of the Simone Cowland Trust to help the patients through this tough time and make their stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Sufferers in a more advanced stage of the disease often need a constant oxygen supply. SCT has provided Foulis with a number of portable oxygen concentrators that enable the patients to get out and about. SCT has meant that oxygen dependency does not have to mean staying at home for CF sufferers.
Philly, another of our team members has chosen to support Diabetes UK. She says "Diabetes affects more people than any other serious health condition in the UK and having lost a close family friend to complications of the disease last year, it is one close to our hearts.
Diabetes UK is the leading UK charity for people affected by diabetes and they work from care and support to campaigning, fundraising and research.
As we are raising money for 2 separate charities, all the money donated on this page will be held in a savings account and then split equally between the 2 charities after the triathlon.
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THANK YOU SO MUCH
The Swimmers; Em, Abbey and Philly
The Cyclers; Becci, Joey and Jordi
The Runners; Paula, Robyn and Megan