A paramedic from Harrogate will swap his ambulance for a motorbike when he travels the length of the country for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Keith Crawford, 41, plans to ride 850 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 24 hours to raise money for the Harrogate-based charity, which aims to improve cancer outcomes across the county.
Keith is being supported by Allan Jefferies BMW motorcycle dealership in Baildon, near Shipley, who are loaning him a motorbike and covering other challenge costs.
Keith, who works for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: It’s something I’ve always fancied doing, and I thought it would be great opportunity to raise money for charity at the same time. A few of my friends have been successfully treated for cancer. Thanks to research into the disease, they’ve been very fortunate. I’d like to re-pay the debt, metaphorically speaking, in the hope that someone else can have the same success in the future.
Keith will set off from John O’Groats at lunchtime on Saturday, June 21, and will ride throughout the night. He plans to arrive in Land’s End by lunchtime on Sunday, June 22.
Keith is hoping to raise at least £1,500 for Yorkshire Cancer Research through donations from family and friends.
Keith added: It will be tough but thankfully I’m used to shift work so riding during the night shouldn’t be too difficult. I’m really looking forward to achieving the challenge and feeling the satisfaction of completing it. It’s always enjoyable to get out and have a good ride.
Sally Crerar, Head of Community Fundraising at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We’d like to wish Keith the very best of luck in his challenge. Thanks to our supporters, we are able to fund vital research projects across the county and help more people in Yorkshire survive cancer.”
To sponsor Keith, please visit www.justgiving.com/keithsendtoendchallenge or text KEEF95 plus the amount donated to 70070 (e.g. KEEF95 £10). For more information on Yorkshire Cancer Research, see www.ycr.org.uk