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On the 27th and 28th of April 2020, Noel and his son Zac cycled 26 miles for MDS UK, joining the 2.6 challenge organised by JustGiving
Noel tells their inspiring story on their JustGiving Donation Page:
Zac and I decided to fundraise for MDS UK, as we know this small charity is now struggling due to the impact of the coronavirus.
I was first made aware of this rarer blood cancer, Myelodysplastic Syndromes, because my girl-friend is running the charity MDS UK Patient Support Group.
Like most people, I had never heard of this disease.
Six months after meeting her, by some very odd and rare coincidence, a relative was diagnosed with MDS, back home in Malaysia. My deeply worried relatives were in need of information and support, as MDS is an extremely rare form of blood cancer.
The charity stepped in to provide crucial information, through their international connections with key experts in the field.
This helped to put their mind at rest that their child was receiving the best possible care and advice.
Zac and I helped out on a previous fundraiser, the Prudential 100 - by welcoming the cyclists - and seeing how much effort goes into fundraising - so that the charity can help patients and families affected by MDS.
Now - through the coronavirus pandemic, all fundraising events have had to stop, or got cancelled or postponed - meaning the charity is experiencing a serious shortfall in donations.
This is why we decided to help - how we can.
We joined the 2.6 challenge.
We decided to cycle 14.3 miles each on our bikes - over 2 days - giving us a total of 26miles.
I'd be seriously grateful for any donations, big or small.
Zac and Noel Bernatt
About the 2.6 JustGiving Challenge
Many fundraising events in the UK have been postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and they have been left struggling to maintain their services. These charities need support now more than ever.
JustGiving #TwoPointSixChallenge provides donors and fundraisers 26 fun ideas on how you, along with your friends and family, can participate in the 2.6 Challenge and help save the UK's charities.