PFA Chairman Ritchie Humphreys is taking on the Steel City Cycle Challenge to raise money for the Weston Park Hospital.
They may be rivals on the pitch, but these football foes have joined forces with a brave cancer survivor to raise money for the Weston Park Hospital and are delighted to have the support of the PFA.
Following the success of previous Steel City Cycle Challenges, which raised collectively £29,754 for the cancer charity, a third race will take place on September 17th with a record number of participants and sponsors, including the Professional Footballers Association, supporting those receiving vital treatment at the Western Park Hospital in Sheffield.
Marvin Henshaw will be joined by ex-pro footballers Dane Whitehouse & Mitch Ward of Sheffield United, along with current PFA chairman Ritchie Humphreys, who has played for city rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
They will take part in the charity bike ride dubbed the ‘Tour De South Yorkshire’ climbing over 7,243 feet in a day. The team is delighted that the PFA has agreed to sponsor the shirts and they are confident the generous donation will be put to great use.
Father of three, Marvin Henshaw, explained the reason behind the race:
“When I was 23 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which was life changing.
“During this difficult time, I had fantastic support from my friends and family. My cousins, Craig and Andrew Hall, inspired me to think about travelling the world when I got better and this gave me the motivation to get well. Fortunately, I did make a full recovery, so I spent the next two years travelling.”
While on his travels, his cousin joined him in Asia and Australia which was one of the most rewarding periods of his life. Craig loved travelling so much that he was determined to live there in the future. Some years later, Craig married and had two beautiful children of his own; he moved to Australia and lived out his dream with his family. Unfortunately, after just a few months he was diagnosed with cancer and had to return home to England.
“Sadly, my cousin passed away soon after and it left a massive hole in our hearts. Following his death, along with close friends, we created the Craig Hall Memorial Fund for whom we hold regular charity events to support cancer care in the South Yorkshire region,” Marvin added.
He believes that with the support and encouragement of both football teams and the public who understand the emotional and financial difficulties in the fight against cancer, the Steel City Cycle Challenge will continue to provide essential funds to those in need of life changing treatment.
The Steel City Cycle Race will take place on Sunday 17th September, starting at 6.30am.
To donate, or to find out more about the Steel City Cycle Challenge, please visit The Steel City Cycle Challenge Just Giving Page. Alternatively, you can simply text 70070 followed by the code SYND99 and your amount.