Fylde coast health boss hits top gear for charity

A caring health trust boss organised a bike race and raised £778 for CancerCare North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Tim Bennett, a former trustee of CancerCare in Lancaster, held the bike race on roads around Levens and Lindale in South Lakeland.

Tim, the Deputy Chief Executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, organised the race with fellow members of the Kent Valley Road Club.

A total of 165 cyclists took part in the 10-mile time trial.

Tim said: “The course the race ran on was known for being quite fast so we had people entering from all over the country and trying to beat their personal best.

“As I organised the event, I was allowed to choose the charity. I used to be on the board of trustees at CancerCare and I was the finance Director of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

“When I worked at Morecambe Bay I got to know Professor Malcolm McIllmurray (the founder of CancerCare). He told me all about the work of CancerCare.

“I became a trustee partly because he asked me and partly because I like the ethos of supporting people holistically.

“The NHS does its best in terms of clinical treatment such as chemotherapy and radiology but it doesn’t deal with the aftershock and wider impact of cancer on families.

“I was keen to support CancerCare because it picked up where the NHS left off.

“It’s social and emotional support that people need if they are going through tough times.

“Increasingly people are living with cancer for a long, long time. It’s not the disease it once was.

“I wanted to support CancerCare because the charity depends on many people making an effort and raising some money.

“The NHS has its challenges but it is funded. For CancerCare to continue, people need to do fundraising.”

Neil Townsend, chief executive of CancerCare, said: “We are delighted that Tim has continued to support CancerCare.

“Tim and people like him enable us to keep providing free services such as counselling, massage therapy and support groups to people with cancer and their friends and family.”


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