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.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

No Going Back Now!

Over the last few weeks we've been to various motorhome dealers and been met with a fairly lukewarm reception to be honest.  Today we found Richard Baldwin Motorhomes at Halifax - http://rbm.co.uk/ and things suddenly got a lot better!  They are keen to support the ride and help Cancer Research UK (they have supported several other charities in the past including McMillan Nurses) and so did us a fantastic deal on a great second-hand 6-berth motorhome.  So here it is...!  Thanks to Gary Morgan and Paul Heeley at Richard Baldwin Motorhomes for their friendly welcome.

We'll take delivery at the end of March and hopefully there will be time for a short 'shake-down' trip before May.

Val looks pleased (well, she'll be driving it for about three weeks!).  And the 'garage' storage area at the back will literally carry a shed load of luggage (it's even big enough for someone to sleep in).

So now the motorhome problem is sorted - with thanks also to RBS (they don't know about it yet!) - but there's lots more to do.

Caravan parks and camp sites are being very generous, in many cases providing  accommodation overnight on an FOC basis - they will all get a mention.

And thanks also to Ken Kay and Nicola at the Kay Group, who have obtained support from both Shell and Texaco to help keep the costs down.

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