Steel City Cycle Challenge - 2 teams, 2 wheels, 1 goal
3rd March 2015
A cancer survivor is attempting a 135 miles bike riding challenge with rivals from Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday to try and raise at least £10,000 in memory of his cousin Craig.
Marvin Henshaw from Fulwood in Sheffield along with ex-pro footballers Dane Whitehouse (from Sheffield United) and Jon Newsome (from Sheffield Wednesday) who played for rival teams and are doing the coast to coast cycle challenge in June 2015 from Whitehaven to Sunderland for the Craig Hall Memorial Fund and Western Park Hospital. Father of three, Marvin explains: -When I was 23 years old I was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which was a very challenging period in my life. -During that difficult period I had fantastic support from my friends and family. My cousins, Craig and Andrew Hall, inspired me to think about travelling the world when I got better and this gave me the motivation to get well. Fortunately I did make a full recovery so I spent the next two years travelling. During the trip Craig joined Marvin to travel around Asia and Australia which was one of the most rewarding periods of his life. Craig loved Australia so much that he was determined to live there in the future. Many years later, when he got married and had two beautiful children, he achieved his dreams and moved to Australia. Unfortunately after only a few months, he too was diagnosed with cancer and had to return home to England. Marvin continued: -Sadly he passed away and left a massive hole in our hearts. Following his death, along with his close friends, we created the CRAIG HALL Memorial Fund for whom we hold regular charity events to support cancer care the South Yorkshire region. So far, I am proud to say that have raised £18,000 in Craig's memory. Dane and Jon, Marvin's long-time friends, who were so supportive when he was ill are once again showing their support by stepping up for this new challenge. They both believe that their teams' fans can raise the most money for this feat so are challenging Sheffield fans of either colour to prove it and see which team is the most charitable. The aim is to raise at least £10,000 for the charity. Supporters can simply make a donation and add UTO or UTB and they will post updates on a regularly basis to see which team has raised the most funds. Web address: https://www.justgiving.com/SteelCityCycleChallenge/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SteelCityCycleChallenge