Policeman Phil uses his passion for pedalling to power research

Policeman Phil uses his passion for pedalling to power research

Phil Duffy, from Sheffield, is encouraging people to get on their bike and support their local cancer hospital in the fight against cancer.


In September, members of Team Weston Park will saddle up for a 170 mile coast to coast challenge to raise vital funds for the region’s only specialist cancer hospital.

This epic test of endurance will see cyclists travel from Morecombe to Bridlington passing through the historic cities of York and Lancaster over a three day period, averaging 53 miles per day. The tour is open to all riders, including more experienced riders and novices alike who are looking for a new challenge.

Phil, aged 54 from Sheffield, is no stranger to cycling challenges, having raised over £10,000 for Weston Park Cancer Charity by encouraging his colleagues and friends to get on their bike and create a better life for those living with and beyond cancer.

Unfortunately, Phil knows first-hand the devastating impact cancer can have; “I’ve lost my Dad and brother-in-law to this dreadful disease and they both spent time in Weston Park, where the staff looked after them and were brilliant. Therefore it’s my way of paying back, trying to raise money to help others and to raise funds towards research in preventing and curing this disease.”

After the Tour de France first descended on the Steel City, Phil discovered a passion for cycling and has since set up Velo. cartel – the organisers behind the new Weston Park cycling challenge.

The local cycling tour specialists will provide full support throughout the ride ensuring that everyone experiences a cycling adventure they will never forget. Velo. cartel will provide route planning, accommodation, full transport ( for your luggage and your bike), provide mechanical assistance during the ride and offer plenty of encouragement – all riders need to do is pedal!

Weston Park Hospital has an internationally renowned reputation and the local research funded by Weston Park Cancer Charity provides access to breakthrough treatments unavailable on the NHS. Last year alone, through the tireless fundraising efforts of cyclists, like Phil, the Cancer Charity was able to fund 20 innovative research projects including projects to improve treatments for breast, bone, skin, lung and prostate cancer.

Jade Hearsum, Community Fundraiser at Weston Park Cancer Charity commented; “We are so grateful to people like Phil who continue to fund the high quality research for which Weston Park Hospital has developed an international reputation. Thanks to Phil’s continued support, we are looking forward to this new cycling challenge in partnership with Velo. cartel and hope riders will join us for a memorable challenge.”

Will you get on your bike and use your pedal power to help fight cancer? Find out more about Team Weston Park’s coast to coast cycling challenge >