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

In 2016 I climbed every single 'Birkett' in the Lake District - all 542 fells over 1,000' within the National Park, including all 214 Wainwrights. I've also done a three-week cycle tour of Tasmania in February 2015 and 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 (my first) 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), cycled 750 miles in the Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton (2014), done a bit of sky-diving and cycled Australia's Great Ocean Road - just before lockdown in 2020.

Altogether I've raised over £120,000 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 5 September 2021 - 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.

Friday, 15 April 2011

What The Papers Say

If I were you I'd be careful before you open next week's Clitheroe Advertiser & Times.  First to come to my attention via the paper's website was a report on last Saturday's Quiz in aid of Crossroads Care Ribble Valley, at which I was the quizmaster. Here's the story:  http://bit.ly/dRhlEN.  The other guy in the picture is Graham Sheard, another charity bike rider who is cycling to raise funds for Crossroads.

Next up, before the ink was dry (metaphorically speaking), came an article on the Challenge to Cycle Round Britain's Coast, which is at http://bit.ly/eDeJp7.  A nice article apart from the photo and the heading - whose idea was it to call me Bulldog Bill?  Not sure my mum will recover from that one - I'd better go and warn her.

Lots of people are posting a 'status' on Facebook saying how important it is to do everything we can to eradicate cancer and suggesting everyone else does the same.  Which is OK but with respect we're not going to get anywhere by posting a statement on Facebook.  If you really want to DO something, follow one of the links on this site - to Cancer Research UK or JustGiving - and make a donation!  Actions speak louder than words.

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