Patient transport service driver swaps engine for pedal power

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Wednesday 6th July 2014 – 4.30pm – Suzie Wheaton.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service PTS driver for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust will be cycling 100 miles for Charity when he takes on the ‘Prudential Ride London – Surrey 100’ on Sunday 10th August.

Mark Griffiths and his two friends Adam Bowater and Richard Bowater will be taking on the challenge to raise vital funds for blood cancer Charity, Anthony Nolan*.

The trio from Tipton will be cycling along the Olympic cycle route; starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, travelling through the capital city into Surrey’s stunning countryside before finishing on The Mall towards Buckingham Palace.

The team are aiming to complete the course in eight hours and are hoping to raise a massive £2,000 for the Charity.

To help them on their way with their fundraising, the cycling trio also held a bank holiday bonanza event on the 25th May at Tipton Sports Academy, which hosted a band and raffle. The event was well attended and helped them raise over £500 towards their total.

Mark Griffiths said: “The Anthony Nolan charity is particularly close to mine and my family’s heart. I feel that the Charity is an unsung hero, working incredibly hard to help find cures for people. The Charity is continuously working raise awareness of bone marrow transplants and I hope that if someone from my family ever needed a transplant that there would be a match out there for them.”

Anyone wishing to support Mark, Adam and Richard can do so by making a donation via: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=MarkGriffiths84

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* Every day, the Anthony Nolan Charity match incredible individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people with blood cancer and blood disorders who desperately need lifesaving transplants. It all began in 1974 when three-year-old Anthony was in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant. His mother Shirley Nolan set up the world’s first register to match donors with people in desperate need. Now, the charity helps three people each day to find that lifesaving match. They also conduct world-class research into stem cell matching and transplants, so they can make sure every person in need gets the best possible treatment. For more information please visit: http://www.anthonynolan.org/

Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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