Over the next few months you will see a lot of strava screenshotting, (mostly of me getting lost as I still don't know my way around Manchester), some photos of me at various sweaty stages, you may even see me limping/refusing to sit down while my arse adjusts to my saddle again. But most importantly, you will see some facts, figures and stories, which all relate to both mine and other people's journey, regarding sepsis.
My story starts with my dad. And fortunately, my story has a happy ending. But many people's don't. So if at any point you want to follow my training, donate anything you can, or even jump on a bike and join in... do not hesitate! The work these guys do is incredible. And I look forward to taking you all through to September when I will be cycling to Cardiff with the rest of the team! #C4S16 #cycle4sepsis16 #dontfollowthetramtracks http://justgiving.com/teamsollis-midlands
My training - Route1
Mikey - Team Sollis rider
Thanks for taking the time to visit my Blog for the 2016 version of the annual Cycle-a-thon for The UK Sepsis Trust
Firstly and most importantly - you can donate on our Just Giving page here or text TSOL66 £5 to 70070 or any other £amount.
From my JG page - the intro is below. All other updates from me and the team will be blogged here.
The Glory List - Team Sollis
Brad Sollis, Antony Georgiou, James Ball, Jack Dodd
Mikey Smith, Ollie Lane, Luke Shelley, Ben Schulze
Jack Wakelin, Lee Wade, Andy Bolt
Julian Hull, Dean Snowdon, Andy Groves, Phil Cawkwell
Gerry Richards, Nick Smith, Richard Dolphin, Robert Taylor
Why donate? Well it's pretty well known prostate cancer kills one person every hour - which is awful. But did you know Sepsis, kills four people every hour. Which statistics say, is four times as awful. My old man was one of the lucky ones. He survived sepsis. But it was a battle - "a marathon not a sprint" he would say.
Our mission again this year is to raise awareness of Sepsis and raise money for the UK charity to reduce that 4 in 1 number that terrifies me. So please help support me and the rest of Team Sollis on our bike ride from Sutton to Cardiff this September. If you can donate or share this, so others can follow these links and see a bit more about this brutal disease, then I thank you.
If you know our story - the gratitude from my Dad is here
If you need more inspiration on why this needs to be fixed - then it's here http://sepsistrust.org/story/
Now Do It!
Help us save 15,000 lives a year - just by raising awareness, Share / Donate / Talk & Learn the Signs
Thank you for helping us on our mission ...
Yeovil Starters -
Emily @EmOrchardst 7 hrs7 hours ago
DAY ONE for #teamyeovil #cycle4sepsis
Chris Vaughan @chris_vaughan 2 hrs2 hours ago
#cycle4sepsis @digitalcrow and @JorgWalther setting off for London from Lincoln this morning
Terence Canning @TCTRON Sep 4
#teamwales #cycle4sepsis 23 mile refuel lovely weather @DerekTheWeather @UKSepsisTrust
Darren Ware @Darrenware Sep 5
#cycle4sepsis at the Royal Gwent in Newport with @TCTRON @chris23han @grindell69 @tonydmorgan
Against all odds... Antony from #TeamSollis is taking part in #cycle4sepsis good luck guys!
Heart of England @heartofengland 4 hrs4 hours ago
Home of @SepsisUK leads charge to London - meeting 40 other cyclists to raise awareness to govt. #Cycle4Sepsis
Earlier twitter post from last week - a long ride - these boys have it tough ..
Dan Beckett @djbeckett Sep 2 @UKSepsisTrust And they're off #cycle4sepsis
Dan Beckett @djbeckett Sep 4 Skipton, England
A brilliant day #cycle4sepsis #TeamScotland. 80 miles, 5500ft climbing, visiting @UHMBT and sunshine @UKSepsisTrust
So - in case you haven't the noticed the #Sepsis world on social media going mad lately, its because teams all over the country are converging on Westminster to raise awareness of Sepsis
Some have already started their long journeys with teams from Scotland, Wales and England pedalling hard for the cause
Hope to keep this min-blog updated as a random record of events and happenings along the way. If you want to add any info, you can add comments and photos etc here or tweet to @sepsisforum and I'll pick up from there.
We are supporting all riders, their wonderful support teams and all well-wishers but in particular and on this occasion, #TeamSollis will feature here. To start things off - here is just one reason why the team is taking to the long hard road ...
Use the "follow" button top right to get blog updates!
If you want to support - feel free to help the cause here https://www.justgiving.com/teamsollis/