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Group to cycle 500 miles to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities

A cycling group, self-named ‘Blazin Saddles’, aim to cycle 500 miles across England to raise £50,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities, writes Clara Gaspar…

Justin Beech, one of the members of Blazin’ Saddles, had to use the Ronald McDonald House in Camberwell after his daughter was hospitalised at Kings.

Millie Beech was fifteen when she was sent to Kings College Hospital with familial adenomatous polyposis, an inherited condition that affects the large intestine.

Millie was told she would have to have a large intestine removal to prevent cancers forming. Due to complications after the operations, she had to stay in hospital for six weeks, rather than the expected one week recovery time.

With their family home in Bexley Heath, Justin and Zoe, Millie’s parents were faced with a long commute to visit Millie at Kings. However, Ronald McDonald House Camberwell gave the couple a place to live for six weeks, just a stone’s throw from the hospital.

Not only does the charity-run house offer a place to stay, it host events and workshops to keep families strong and hopeful.

The cycling team will be starting in Liverpool and finishing in Camberwell via Manchester , Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, Southampton, Brighton and the other 3 London houses.

Justin Beech told the News: “As a team, Blazin’ Saddles is really looking forward to the challenge and to raising as much money as possible for this fantastic charity”.

The group are aiming to raise £50,000 and have several events planned over the next ten months, including a charity ball for 450 people.

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