Say You Won't Let Go James Arthur
Meet our local champion from Anna's Hope who's taking part in the 'Bike Some Noise' Cycle Challenge on Thursday 9th October.
As part of this amazing event, people who represent the various local beneficiary charities of the Make Some Noise appeal will be cycling the equivalent distance from Lands End to John O'Groats.
They'll be undertaking this challenge on exercise bikes on the roof of our HQ in London's Leicester Square, to help raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK and here in Cambridgeshire.
Our champion is Rob Hughes from Stamford who'll be raising money for Anna's Hope.
Find out more about our champion here...
Q: How far do you think you'll get on the Bike Some Noise challenge?
A: In 2007, I cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats. It was tough going up the hills but you could have a rest on the way down. There are no rests on an exercise bike so who knows! In 2 hours I will try and cycle 40 to 50 miles.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about Global's Make Some Noise day?
A: I'm most looking forward to a full-on day, being amongst people with energy and raising awareness for Anna's Hope and children with brain tumours. I am also looking forward to finishing my bike ride.
Q: Tell us about Anna's Hope...
A: Anna's Hope is the Leading Children's Brain Tumour Charity in the East of England. It was inspired by Anna Olivia Hughes, who died from a brain tumour aged only 3 years and 8 months . Brain tumours are the biggest cancer of children in the UK and for those who survive their lives can be severely compromised. The aim of Anna's Hope is to provide neuro-rehabilitation support so that every child in the East of England diagnosed with a Brain Tumour is given help to reach their full potential. They do this through the Anna's Hope Specialist Nurse and the Anna's Hope Therapy team, who are part of a pioneering new service based at Addenbrookes call Brainbow. The Brainbow Service is the first of its kind in the UK and is a partnership with the Hospital and two other charities: Camille's Appeal and Tom's Trust.
Q: Why does the charity deserve listeners' support?
A: Until now there's been no other specialist neuro-rehabilitation support for children with brain tumours in the UK. Through Brainbow and the Anna's Hope Therapy Team, this support is now available. Since its launch a year ago it has made a real difference to the lives of 65 children and their families. There are hundreds of children with brain tumours out there who need help. By supporting Global's Make Some Noise the listeners will be making such a real difference now with funds raised going to provide much-needed specialist therapy equipment for the team. See Patrick's story here.
Q: What's the most random act of kindness you've ever received or given?
A: Every day I'm amazed at the phone calls we get from brave people wanting to fundraise for Anna's Hope, from shaving their hair off, to skydiving, to running 156 miles across the desert. Since starting a charity I have learned there are so many kind and generous people in this country. It really inspires my wife Carole and I and gives us a real boost to keep going to achieve more for children with brain tumours.
Q: Anything else you'd like to add?
Anna's Hope is run by volunteers so every penny raised goes to helping children with brain tumours.