Oli Mills was a friend, a fellow cricketer at Hatfield Hyde cricket club, a brother to Eddie, a son to Sarah, and a student at Verulam School when he died from cancer in 2005.
Unfortunately we all know someone whom cancer has affected. Many of those affected have barely begun their lives. SEVEN people between the ages of 13 and 24 get diagnosed with cancer EVERY DAY.
When Oli died at the Royal Free hospital in 2005, he was being treated on a ward with much older people, so whilst the care was first class, the environment wasn't ideal.
The Teenage Cancer Trust exists to ensure that young people diagnosed with cancer get the best treatment and the best support as they battle on. Read more here: https://www.teenagecancertrust.org
The Oli Mills Foundation was set up to remember him and to focus fundraising efforts for The Teenage Cancer Trust and has raised over £125,000 in the last decade. Read more here: http://www.theolimillsfoundation.co.uk
At Hatfield Hyde cricket club, where JR has played for 20 years (including for a decade with Oli) and has captained the 1st XI for the last 3 years, this cause is dear to our hearts, so supporting it in our fundraising efforts was an obvious choice.
Molly and JR have entered the Olympic Distance triathlon at the ITU World Triathlon Competition in Abu Dhabi on 3 March 2017 to try and raise £1000 each for this important cause.
That includes a 1500m swim around the Abu Dhabi Marina, a 40km cycle in the 28° heat, and a 10km run once we're flagging from 2 hours hard work.
We're more comfortable with cricket ball or reins in hand, but if we can make ourselves less comfortable and raise money for teenagers suffering from cancer to be more comfortable, it is certainly worth doing.
Every £25 pays for an hour with a youth support worker, every £50 pays for 2 hours with a specialist nurse, and every £100 pays for a family support session, so every donation counts!
We started training at the beginning of September and have chomped through a fair few miles in the pool, at the gym and through the Surrey Hills already. Our aim is to raise £2000 and beat the Brownlees. So please donate as much or as little as you can afford.
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