Truckman chairman uses pedal power to raise money for rare blood cancer charity

22 June 2018
Image titleTruckman Executive Chairman Mike Wheeler swapped four wheels for two to complete a 105-mile bike ride in aid of cancer charity Myeloma UK. Mike, who lives in Kinver and runs the Dudley-based vehicle accessory manufacturer and distributor, completed the journey from Wolverhampton to Aberdovey on the West Coast of Wales raising over £1,500 for the charity.
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Myeloma UK is the only UK charity focused on the discovery, development and access to new effective treatments for blood cancer Myeloma. Each year in the UK approximately 5,700 people are diagnosed with myeloma and it can affect around 17,500 British people at any one time.

It accounts for 15 percent of blood cancers and two percent of all cancers. It mainly affects people aged over 65, however it has been diagnosed in people as young as 20.

Taking part with a group of friends who regularly get together and cycle on a Sunday morning, the ride took them around seven hours, plus a couple of refreshment and refuelling stops along the way.

Making good progress during the first half of the ride, the group slowed as they reached the Welsh hills and a tough headwind before enjoying a stage along the coastline that took them to the finishing line in Aberdovey.

Mike Wheeler, Executive Chairman of Truckman, said: “We had a fantastic day and I am grateful to everyone who sponsored me and donated towards to excellent work undertaken by Myeloma UK. The ride was tough in parts, but I was motivated by my sponsors and knowing that the money raised will go towards supporting families living with Myeloma while also helping the charity’s attempts to finding a cure. It is a cause close to my heart and whenever I take part in a charity event the funds always go to this charity.

“Thankfully the weather was kind to us, apart from the headwind as we entered the tough Welsh hills, and the views of the English and Welsh countryside were truly stunning. Swapping four wheels for two was a great way to enjoy the scenery and raise money for Myeloma UK, but I’ll be enjoying a rest and letting my pick-up truck take the strain for a little while, until I take on my next charity challenge!”