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Philip Read

Tamworth to Switzerland - CrossCountry Drivers Cycle across 7 Countries

Myself and Jake Medley are cycling to Switzerland for Breast Cancer Care because we want to raise money for this supportive charity

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Breast Cancer Care

We offer care, support and information to anyone affected by breast cancer

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 1160558, Scotland SC045584


Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

My wife Vicky was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and it has been a really difficult time ever since. I feel a sense of helplessness and so I have decided to use my passion for cycling in a productive way. I want to raise money for Breast Cancer Care who provide invaluable support to women and their families affected by breast cancer.

Jake Medley is joining me on a very challenging bike ride from Tamworth to Switzerland, over just 6 days. Vicky is going to be in the support car, together with Tim & Sue Mudd who have kindly agreed to share the driving. Tim's sister Carolynne is staying at Tim's at the moment whilst she undergoes treatment for this disease. Paul Grater and his wife Beata are assisting greatly by becoming main sponsors and helping towards the travelling costs. Beata is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer too.

We depart on Saturday 13th June and cycle 125 miles to Hull. After an overnight ferry to Europe, we then cycle through Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany & Switzerland, arriving at ex-BR/Chiltern driver Marc Jones' Mountain House in the Swiss Alps. We will have covered almost 700 miles, averaging around 115 miles per day, climbing a total of just over 30,000 feet, which is more than the height of Mount Everest!!!

Breast cancer is sadly far too common and affects younger women too. Tim, Paul and myself are unfortunately all too aware of what it is like for our loved ones to go through this terrible disease and the intensive treatment. It is so unfortunate that this disease is currently affecting three Birmingham CrossCountry drivers.

Please make the effort to sponsor us on this epic challenge, every penny helps. All sponsorship money will go to Breast Cancer Care.

Thank you for visiting our page.



Every 10 minutes someone hears the devastating news that they have breast cancer. They’ll probably feel frightened and confused – and their family and friends might need help too.

Breast Cancer Care is just a phone call or mouse click away for anyone affected by breast cancer. Our free Helpline and information-packed website offer a friendly ear and expert guidance to anyone dealing with the turmoil of this life-threatening illness. We also offer support across the UK with a range of opportunities to meet others in a similar situation, helping people every step of the way.

Our services are free and widely available thanks to the generosity of people like you. By taking part in an event and raising money, you can help to ensure that we are there whenever people need our expert help.

Here are a few examples of how your money can help:

£2Provides a suitable headscarf for a woman who has lost her hair during treatment.£5Provides a comprehensive, easy-to-understand information pack for someone newly diagnosed with breast cancer.£10Teaches someone how to be breast aware for life at a local workshop.£25Trains and supports a member of our Nursing Network for a year to help improve the care of people with breast cancer.£50Pays for a personal HeadStrong appointment to help women prepare for the possibility of losing their hair from chemotherapy by providing practical support and information.£100Pays for four calls to our confidential Helpline so people with questions or concerns about breast cancer or breast health can get support from our expert team.£150Matches someone living with breast cancer with one of our trained volunteers for six sessions of one-to-one telephone support addressing their individual needs.£250Funds a Breast Cancer Care hospital information point for a year so people with breast cancer, and their family and friends, have access to our latest resources when visiting the clinic.


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