I'm a double cancer survivor, cyclist and walker who does various challenges for different charities, mainly cancer-related.

My latest trip was a three-week tour of Tasmania in February 2015; amongst other things, I've cycled from Land's End to John o'Groats (2003), Rotterdam to Lemvig (Denmark) (2005), walked the Pennine Way (2008) completed the ascent of all 214 'Wainwrights' in the Lake District in only 55 days (2009), cycled 4,500 miles around the coast of Great Britain (2011), cycled all 42 of the accessible Western Isles of Scotland in under a month (2012), twice abseiled 230 ft from the top of The Big One in Blackpool, cycled the WWI Western Front from London to Compiegne via Ypres and Arras (2014) and cycled 750 miles in the Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton (2014).

Altogether I've raised over £70,000 for my charities including The Christie, Cancer Research UK, the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, and ABF (The Soldiers' Charity) and I was mightily chuffed to receive the British Empire Medal in the 2014 New Year's Honours List.

I'm a Rotarian and give illustrated talks about my adventures in exchange for a donation to charity, so if you're looking for a speaker leave me a message. I am also Event Organiser for the Ribble Valley Ride Cycle Sportive, to be held this year on Sunday 14 June 2015 - more details at www.ribblevalleyride.org

You can also follow me on Twitter - @CancerBikeMan and on Facebook - just search for Bill Honeywell

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research, whilst The Rosemere does fantastic work for patients in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Gift Aid

The previous article reminded me about the benefits of Gift Aid.  This is worth 28p for every £1.00 you donate, providing you are a UK taxpayer.  If you pay higher rate tax, you can then claim another 12p back for yourself when you submit your tax return (I think...  check this with your accountant, whilst asking him/her to send a donation to Cancer Research UK!). 
You can only do this if you are donating your own hard-earned money. 
So if you can, when you donate please do it in such a way that you can Gift Aid it - by using the CRUK My Projects web site at http://tinyurl.com/bill-cruk  or the JustGiving site at http://www.justgiving.com/Bill-Honeywell.  Don't forget though, if you donate via the first link nothing will be deducted, whereas JustGiving takes a commission so not all of your money goes to CRUK.

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