Dad goes the extra 50 miles for children’s cancer charity

Nottingham resident Phil Giles is preparing to cycle 100 miles at the Great Notts Bike Ride to help raise money for CLIC Sargent to thank them for the help and support they provided when his daughter Emilia was diagnosed with cancer.

With Emilia’s cancer now in remission, Phil has decided to ride the Great Notts Bike Ride again on 23 June, but this time he will be going double the distance to once again raise money for CLIC Sargent who specialise in caring for children and young people with cancer and their families.

Having raised over £1000 for the charity by cycling 48 miles last year, Phil, along with his friend Andy Cliff, decided they wanted to push themselves this year. Together they will cycle the 100mile Sportive to thank CLIC Sargent for their support with Emilia’s treatment.

Andy said, “We really enjoyed the event last year. When we finished 48 miles we felt like we could do it again so that’s why we are back this year and hopefully we can raise even more for CLIC Sargent.”

This will be the third year that CLIC has been an official charity of the Great Notts Bike Ride. Nichola Doran, Area Fundraising Manager for CLIC Sargent said: “I am delighted that CLIC Sargent were able to support Emilia and her parents trough such a difficult time in their lives and it great to hear that she is now in remission.

“Sadly, every day in the UK, ten families hear the devastating news that their child has cancer. The support from Phil and Andy will help ensure that we can continue to provide support for these families.”

When Emilia was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on Good Friday last year, CLIC Sargent helped the Giles family with Emilia’s care and treatment as well as providing clinical, practical and emotional support.

Phil said: “CLIC Sargent has been splendid with us. They’ve been there every step of the way and really helped out a lot with her treatment. I’m happy I can do this and give something back because they’ve been fantastic.”

Emilia, who is now eleven years old, added: “I was really proud of my dad last year, so it’s cool he’s doing it again and trying even harder.”

Phil and Andy will be joining thousands of cyclists from across the East Midlands for the Great Notts Bike Ride, and those taking part in the 100 mile sportive can expect to enjoy excellent undulations, fast straights and a brilliant cycling experience around the stunning Nottinghamshire countryside.

The Great Notts Bike Ride is part of Cycle Live Nottingham, a three day festival of cycling taking place at Nottingham’s Victoria Embank- ment from 21-23 June. Cycle Live also includes closed circuit street racing at the Nottingham Grand Prix on the Friday and the family friendly Nottingham City Ride on the Saturday. The event village is also back for the whole three days, offering plenty to do and see for everyone. For more details, visit:

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