David Gets Into Gear for Weston Park Cancer Charity
David Pipes was diagnosed with prostate cancer and following a hard-fought battle with the disease, which included radiotherapy treatment at Weston Park Cancer Centre, he received the all clear. But he will never forget what it was like during that time.
Here, we talk to David about his experience and why he wants to fundraise in support of Weston Park Cancer Charity.
“Until six years ago, I had never been to a hospital as a patient, but that changed dramatically following a prostate cancer diagnosis.
“I was admitted to Weston Park Cancer Centre for radiotherapy treatment and my partner, Gael and I have for some time been wanting to say thank you to the staff, who not only treated my cancer, but who helped us both cope and stay positive throughout. In short, they were fantastic.”
With David’s 70th birthday fast approaching, he decided that he would like to raise funds in support of Weston Park Cancer Charity, by driving their 1963 Riley from Land’s End to John O’Groats – but with a difference.
“We’ll be following B-roads as much as possible and navigating the whole way by tulip diagrams, a system first devised in the 1950s.
“We have taken on this challenge not only as a thank for the incredible care, treatment and support I received at Weston Park Cancer Centre, but in the hope that one day a cure will be found, so that so many lives and families are no longer devastated by this terrible disease.”
David and Gael will be using the first half of the Buckingham Insurance Tally-Ho Classic Run on 12 May to kick-start their challenge, and will be flagged off from the Weston Park Cancer Centre to signify the start of their epic adventure.
On the event, Tony Parkes, Clerk of the Course at Crooked Spire Classic Tours said:
“Crooked Spire Classic Tours is an organisation formed by four retired teachers, all of whom have a long standing association with classic cars, and whose aim is to raise funds for worthy causes, whilst promoting and enjoying the joys of classic motoring.”
“We have had a long association with Buckingham Insurance, who have been our sponsors since we initiated our first event in 2006. It didn’t take long before we cemented the relationship by organising a second event each year, centered around Buckingham’s chosen charity, Weston Park Cancer Charity.
“We are delighted that they chose us to plan and organise this event and we are equally delighted that we get the chance to start the event from the Weston Park Hospital itself, and I know that many of the entrants are looking forward to this unique experience, too.
“Staff and patients will be on hand to assist us with the task of setting the cars off on their 100 mile tour of the Peak District and one of our regular entrants, David and his partner, Gael will be running in car number 1, as part of their Land End to John ‘o’ Groats challenge.
“They will use the first half of the Tally-Ho route as an integral part of their LEJOG itinerary and I hope those of you who are joining us will help us give them a great send off.
“We are all looking forward to an excellent day’s classic motoring and to raising significant funds in support of Weston Park Cancer Charity.”
Find out more about the Buckingham Insurance Tally-Ho Classic Run, here.