8.3.2023 | Logistics

Coming Together in Support of James

Cycle team determined to complete the 85-mile ride and raise as much money for their amazing friend and Macmillan Cancer Support.

 

This May sees four of Felixstowe’s logistics industry’s finest – Piers Kilfoyle of Macintyre Transport, Derek Cawston (ex-director at Goldstar Transport)}, Boris Addison of Foxhaul Logistics and Simon Lewis of Platinum Sports and Prestige  – joining forces to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity currently supporting their friend and Goldstar Transport general manager, James Sayers.

Deciding to raise funds by taking part in this year’s Etape Caledonia, an 85-mile cycle through the Scottish hills, on Sunday 14th May 2023, the four mates have all worked with James at Goldstar and are committed to raising as much money as possible for the charity.

Diagnosed with low-grade non-Hodgkin Follicular Lymphoma, a lymphatic system cancer, in October last year, James shares his story: “I was on my way to Portman Road to watch Ipswich Town when I felt some discomfort in my right armpit. On checking the area, I found a golf ball-sized lump.

“Amber, my partner immediately dragged me off to the doctor, and 47 days later, I received my diagnosis. Tests confirmed that the cancer was already at stage four, meaning it is incurable but something that can be managed through various treatments.

“My treatment plan is already underway, and I am scheduled to have six cycles of chemotherapy, which should be completed in June or July if all goes to plan.

“Macmillan does a fantastic job helping everyone with cancer live as fully as possible by providing physical, financial and emotional support. They’ve been amazing to me personally and provided hands-on support answering all the questions I’ve thrown their way. It’s a fantastic organisation which has always had a special place in my heart. My Mum lost her battle with cancer in 2007, and yet again, Macmillan did a remarkable job supporting my family throughout her fight.”

Fundraising under the name ‘4fatblokesonbikes’, Piers Kilfoyle takes up the story:

“Whilst we may be middle-aged and not as fit as we’d like, we’re all determined to complete the course and raise as much money as possible for Macmillan Cancer Support. Doing an amazing job in their support of James; every penny pledged will go directly to the charity. Already we’ve received donations in excess of £4,500, and there are still nine weeks to go before we take to our saddles. Cancer is one of those diseases none of us sees coming, so if you know James, know us or want to donate to Macmillan Cancer Support, please dig deep and donate what you can as our amazing mate and the charity need all the support you can offer.”

Please click here to donate (to make your donation go further, please tick Gift Aid) and find out more about James’ story.

Image, L-R: Boris Addison, Simon Lewis, Piers Kilfoyle & Derek Cawston.

Please note the charity bike ride is totally self-funded, all monies raised will go directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.