Boss backs cycle bid as Blues look to raise £100,000
Blues’ boss Mick McCarthy lent his support to the campaign - which is fronted at Portman Road by the Club’s director of Academy sales, Simon Milton, at an official launch at the training ground this morning.
Milts was part of Team Ipswich that did the London to Amsterdam ride earlier this year, with fellow former Town player Alan Lee also completing the trip.
One hundred and fifty cyclists representing clubs across the Football League pedalled from Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium to the Amsterdam Arena, home of Dutch giants Ajax. Of that peloton, 17 represented Town, raising over £20,000 from an overall total of more than £200,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.
Milts has set a target of 50 members to form Team Ipswich next summer, with the ride taking place between June 12-14, 2015. Those on board will be looking to raise £2000 of sponsorship each.
“Prostate Cancer UK has been doing some wonderful work in supporting men and their families who really need help when they are affected by this disease,” said Mick, a keen cyclist himself who lost both his parents to cancer.
“At Portman Road we are proud members of Men United and it’s great to see Milts and Alan taking part in the challenge again.
“The riders did the Club proud last year, raising a fantastic sum of money and I know there is a lot of interest already in the 2015 ride to Amsterdam. I wish everyone who takes part the best of luck in what is such a worthy cause.”
Milts added: “I am sure we all know someone who has been affected by prostate cancer and this was the main reason I decided to join up last year. My goal was to take up the challenge again this year but bring an even bigger team from Ipswich and we are already well on the way to doing that.
“Whether or not you are a keen cyclist, the challenge is an excellent way to get some mates together to support an important cause, and I would encourage anyone who is thinking of signing up to get some pals together and do it as a group. I look forward to meeting up with all the other teams on the trip as we tackle the 150 miles together from London to Amsterdam. Bring it on!”
Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, Mark Bishop said: “Last season’s ride was incredibly successful as riders of all abilities from clubs up and down the land convened for a memorable few days. It was a brilliant demonstration of what we call Men United: people joining the same team to fight a common opposition – prostate cancer.
“It’s brilliant to see Simon and his mates from Ipswich forming an even bigger squad next year and we’d love to see this as a rallying call for other clubs to join and help us raise even more awareness and save men’s lives. Money raised will go directly towards fighting this deadly disease and help us stop it killing one man every hour.”
To join Team Ipswich for next summer’s event, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to prostatecanceruk.org/Amsterdam for full details of the event.
If you have concerns about prostate cancer, with 40,000 men diagnosed with the disease every year in the UK, please call Prostate Cancer UK's confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383 or visit www.prostatecanceruk.org. The helpline is free to landlines, staffed by specialist nurses, and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday with late opening until 8pm on Wednesdays.
Photo: Alan Lee, Mick McCarthy, Simon Milton and Team Ipswich sponsor 2014 John Reader from GAH.