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Jon at Blackpool – June 6th 2015

Things have been a tad hectic at Tracy Island as we de-briefed after Stage 1, and now prepare for Stage 2 – Scotland, the longest of the 5 stages which starts in Berwick upon Tweed on 4th July

Today’s roll call of thank you’s is huge as we try very hard not to overlook anyone who has helped us by donating or supporting Jon along the way, or both. We are really so grateful for each and every bit of help and encouragement as it really is a huge challenge for Jon and also for Sarah as ‘the crew’. 

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Jon & Sarah with the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackpool and Daniel Whiston

Firstly, a big thank you to The Mayoress and Mayor of Blackpool -Peter and Maxine Callow, David Cam Under Sheriff of the County Palatine of Lancaster, Dancing on Ice skater Daniel Whiston, and all the friends family, bikers and supporters who came along to wish us well with the ride with a special mention to Malcolm Packer from the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer for all his help in arranging the start. It was such a shame it was a Force 7 gale on the day, we had sand in almost every crevice and no crowd to cheer Jon off owing to the inclement weather. Jon was still crunching sand between his teeth at bedtime!

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Jon with Peter on Great Orme

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Jon with Kate Beaven and David Davies MP On the Monnow Bridge in Monmouth

Secondly, another huge thank you to all our generous donors: Steve Wright, Louise Fellows, Alex Strachan, Jackie, Martin Hare, Iona, Harvey G Greatrex, Greg Parkes, Mary Early, Geraldine Alder, all our many generous anonymous donors and members of the public at Blackpool and around Wales, Lesley Bees, Rowly & Clare, Samuel Kingston, Sol Plant, Catherine Hurst, Andrew & Jacqui, Barbara Peirson, Char and Ian, Kerry Sutterfield, Linda & David, Andrew, Mark Walker, Beccy, Kathy and Sean at  Border Bean and Maron Systems, Caroline, Peter Workman, Sheila, Vicky, John Fitzmaurice (FJ Triker), Mike Greenslade, Adela, Steve Mountain, Richard & Sarah Jones, Maria Stepek Doherty, Dave Cragg, EasiDrive, Valerie, Mr and Mrs Hill, Malcolm & Carolyn Wintle, Matthew Penny from Penny Court for his donation, the Malin House Hotel in Saundersfoot for their donation and free breakfast, all the Customers & Staff at the Rest and Be Thankful Cafe on the Great Orme for their free teas and donations, Park House Restaurant in Cardiff – especially Adam, Lloyd, Karl and Sam for their absolutely amazingly wonderful 7 course taster lunch on Thursday, Kate Beaven (from BBC Lambing Live) for a delicious lunch on Friday, and David Davies MP for the chance to meet and take photographs on the Monnow bridge in Monmouth and Heather Mccalman for running 10k and raising £130. Today’s total is £9,162.56 to date which is a fantastic show of support, and we thank you ALL

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Jon (R) with Mike Greenslade at Stackpole (National Trust)

Thirdly, a very big thank you to the bikers who met or rode with Jon along the route: Paul McKnight for leading the way from the start to Liverpool, to Peter Evans on Sunday, Richard Clarke on Monday, Mike Greenslade on Wednesday, and Kate Beavan on her farm quad bike on Friday. 

Jon wants to keep up the momentum and asks: “Please could I ask anyone who is interested in what we are doing, to think how they can use their own networks to help raise awareness and funds in order that we can ensure more people survive the disease.”

Together we are stronger, together we will make a difference to the future of kidney cancer diagnosis and treatment. Donate here or Text JBKC55 £3, £5 or £10 to 70070 

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Preparing for the start at The Comedy Carpet Blackpool.