On Sunday 11th June, eight members of the QVC team embarked on a 25km bike ride through the streets of central London for Breast Cancer Care’s Pink Ribbon Tour. This brilliant day was all about raising money for the work that this wonderful charity undertake: helping men and women through every stage of breast cancer, from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.
We caught up with two of our team members after completing the bike ride to see how they got on…
Amy Cook, Producer/Director
Taking part in the Pink Ribbon Tour for me, has to be one of the highlights of the year so far! For a while, I wanted to do something in memory of my late Nan who we lost to her third round of breast cancer a few years back and as a keen cyclist, this was the perfect opportunity. I commute to work by bike most days but this would be longer than my ride to and from work put together in one hit so still a challenge! That said, I enjoyed every moment, being able to whizz round the closed streets of central London was ridiculously fun and slightly more special than crossing the finish line was the ride-by high five I got from London Mayor Sadiq Khan!
I had some friends along to cheer and support us but even without them, the atmosphere was brilliant and knowing it was all for such a great cause was even better. It was all brought home when I was collecting my bike after the race, as there was another somewhat emotional rider who had just finished despite having just received her 20th bout of chemotherapy. Exhausted and a little teary she was mostly proud of herself and very rightly so. Thankfully the majority of us taking part were just contending with a bit of saddle ache and chapped lips but I still think we can all be very proud of ourselves for it and personally, I’m already looking forward to the next fun-filled event that will help raise funds for such a great cause!
Fiona Walsh, Jewellery Buyer
Breast Cancer Care is a great charity and I was so excited to have the opportunity to take part in the Pink Ribbon Tour. I do not usually cycle so it felt like even more of a challenge! My friend kindly loaned me her bike and I was ready to race. It was such an enjoyable day, totally amazing going through the streets of London with no cars and enjoying all the iconic landmarks. The Breast Cancer Care cheering squad were fantastic at supporting us as we completed our four laps, they really kept us going. The atmosphere was incredible and seeing so many people united in raising money for the same cause was so impressive and inspiring.
Almost all of us have been touched by cancer in some way and I really wanted to give something back to the charities that help us and our families. The Pink Ribbon Tour seemed like the perfect choice. Team QVC has raised almost £2,000 which I’m sure will be put to great use by the charity. Thank you to all those who supported us, you have made it all worth it!
Feeling inspired? Check out Breast Cancer Care’s website for more ways to get involved.
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