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The ‘Bristol Bustle’ was Charlie Henderson’s brainchild and was created to raise money for the Bristol Haematology Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Team. Charlie set the Bustle up in 2013 following his second bone marrow transplant (BMT) after he relapsed from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and he envisaged it being a biennial event. Despite being very unwell with complications following the BMT Charlie walked 10 miles with some friends collecting money while a second group did the Bristol half-marathon.
Charlie died in March 2015, following a courageous 7-year battle. During his last few weeks of life Charlie rallied the Bustle Crew to sign up for the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canalathon 2015 with the aim of once again raising money for the BMT team of whom he thought so highly of, and who cared so well for Charlie right up until the end of his life.
So what lies in store for the Bustle Crew? Teams of 4 (see list of participants below) have to complete this 33-mile endurance challenge along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal within 12 hours. This includes a 5-mile canoe, 17-mile bike ride and an 11-mile run. They will be supported by a crack team of managers (their babies and loads of kids) - no doubt it will be a smoothly run operation!!
The teams (in no particular order!):
Rusty Sheriff’s Badge – Chloe George, Tommy Street (Streety), Nick Edwards (Ned), Matt Andrews.
Finding Mark Thatcher – John Mills (Millster), Tim Wilson (Willy), Jeroen van der Kroft (Dutchy / J-Dog), Matt Majendie.
C & C Music Factory – Helen Marshall (Moles), Marisa McKinlay (Mize), Pete McKinlay, Katherine Thay (Kitkat).
DASH 4 CASH – Dan Stone (Exmoor Beast), Duane Marshall (D-Dog), Andy Pickett, Mark Aubrey (Aubers).
The Restless Fugitives – Gareth Steel (Gaz), Kev Kumar (Killer), Karl Scheeres, Andy Hogg (Hoggster).
Canal Minus – Andrew McKenzie (Macca), Clare McKenzie (Mrs Macca), Jonathon Stevenson (Stevo), Bryn Palmer.
The Managers - Caroline Henderson (Cazza/Carrie), Clare Guest, Emily Bart-Smith (EBS/Barticles), Kate Fletcher (Ginger/Fletch), Emma Wilson, Helen Parrott, Hannah Taylor.
Reserve team - Al Turnbull and Allan Somerville.
Any donations would be gratefully received, but if you’re struggling to think of how much to give here is an idea courtesy of Duane (‘Brains’) Marshall. Charlie would have been 40 years old in May, and many of the Bustle Crew are also reaching this grand old age. Therefore:
- Each member of our gang of bustlers is looking for 40 people to sponsor them 40p per mile for the Canalathon. This equates to (33 miles x £0.40) £13.20 per sponsor.
- £13.20 multiplied by their 40 sponsors (£528.00 per competitor) which makes £2112.00 per team further multiplied by our 6 amazing teams making a grand total of £12,672. In the words of 'Cool Hand Luke', "it's a nice round number!”
PS: Charlie was also always keen to make sure that people knew that a bone marrow transplant is not an operation. No surgeon or scalpel is present. Just a "magic" bag of blood given by a donor. The ultimate gift. You too could be a donor. If you are interested in playing your part in this painless procedure have a look at www.anthonynolan.org to see how to get on the register.
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