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Cancer bike marathon raises £2k for charities

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

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DESPITE being assigned to a hospital ward for the past few days, Burton cancer survivor Katherine Sinfield managed to escape for an hour for a charity cheque presentation.

The event at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, allowed the Balfour Street resident to hand over a cheque for £2,036.23 to representatives from the blood cancer charities which benefitted from her BONE-shaker MARROW-thon charity ride.

The presentation was also supported by some of the bikers who took part in her charity ride, which was held on Sunday, March 2, and involved around 120 bikes travelling between the hospital and the Pirelli Stadium.

The 33-year-old said: “It was only by chance that I made the cheque presentation as I was being prepared for a blood transfusion.

“We kept the giant cheque in my room at the hospital overnight so it was already a talking point with the nurses and the doctors. I just happened to mention to the doctor as he was preparing my blood what was about to take place, and he allowed me out of the ward. He was very keen for me to attend.

“As everything happened so fast, it was very much a case of ‘stop the press’ as my husband Stephen was already downstairs with the bikers and the charity representatives.

“If it wasn’t for a last minute phone call to tell them to wait, I would have missed the photo.”

Mrs Sinfield underwent a bone marrow transplant after doctors told her it was the only way that she would survive after being diagnosed with leukaemia last year.

Katherine’s husband and Mail journalist Stephen said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who supported our charity event on March 2, and to those who made time today to attend the cheque presentation at the hospital. Without the continuing support of the motorcycle community, none of this would have been possible.

“Our ride has received lots of positive feedback and so plans are already in place for the BONE-shaker MARROW-thon 2015, again raising money for Cure Leukaemia, Anthony Nolan and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity.”

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