17.5.2023 | CHARITY

Four Fat Blokes on bikes fundraising success

Porttalk is delighted to report the team’s fundraising endeavours have raised an incredible £10,485 for Macmillan Cancer and in support of Goldstar Transport’s James Sayers.

With team Four Fat Blokes On Bikes (aka 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) having successfully completed the 85-mile Etape Caledonia cycle ride last Sunday (14 May), Porttalk is delighted to report the team’s fundraising endeavours have raised an incredible £10,485 for Macmillan Cancer and in support of Goldstar Transport’s James Sayers.

Here, Piers Kilfoyle shares how things went:

“So, despite the test ride, our inability to go on a bike ride without at least 30 minutes of faffing re-emerged, and after exploding valve caps and forgotten water bottles, we eventually entered our start area with a few minutes to spare. The entire high street of Pitlochry was now a sea of cyclists, and we appreciated how big this event was for the first time.

“After a quick selfie and the usual warning for Derek not to go mad at the start, we were underway.

“And as expected in Scotland, the weather was a bit drizzly and surprise, surprise Derek, ever the team player, rode off far too quickly, losing his teammates in the crowd of cyclists.

“The ride itself on closed roads went through some spectacular scenery around Loch Rannoch and up 12 classified climbs, which was a shock for us Suffolk cyclists!

When the going got hard, the thought of raising such a fantastic amount for Macmillan and the struggle that James is going through spurred us on and making sure that we fuelled up at the feed stops, we all got round safely.”

With the team agreeing that their struggles with the steep Scottish hills pale into insignificance compared to the battle James is going through, here’s the latest on James’ progress:

“James has recently completed his fourth cycle of chemotherapy, meaning only two more remaining to go. Side effects have been mild to moderate, but James has been coping well with the help of Amber, his friends, and his family. James has had to suffer some minor obstacles during his treatment, such as picking up an infection which sadly set back his treatment for several weeks whilst the infection clears up, but the finish line is very much in view.”

Piers adds: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sponsored us, and you can still donate to this incredible charity by clicking here.”