Project information


In 2017, Cyclists Fighting Cancer wants to raise £250,000 to support the 21 Children's Oncology Units throughout the UK by providing equipment and services to promote exercise and physical activity from cancer diagnosis, through treatment, rehabilitation and beyond.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: Cyclists Fighting Cancer

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  • Need


    Research confirms that physical activity from the point of cancer diagnosis and through treatment is hugely beneficial for childhood cancer patients. Intense treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and bone marrow transplants means extended periods of time in hospital with reduced opportunity to be active. Having access to fun and suitable exercise equipment in hospital is therefore vital, however, many hospitals lack funding to provide anything other than basic equipment.


    It is very important that young cancer patients are encouraged to be active from diagnosis to help slow the deterioration of strength and confidence which can result from cancer treatment. Cycling is a good way for children to be active during treatment as it is low impact & targets large muscle groups which often suffer from specific chemotherapy drugs. Being active in hospital means that patients are more likely to continue with activity once they leave hospital.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise £250,000 to support the 21 Children's Oncology Units throughout the UK.


    » Involve CFC supporters by asking them to fundraise through cycling and other events. CFC also organises cycling events.
    » Approach trusts, grant making organisations and potential corporate partners.

    What success will look like

    Success will be raising £250,000 to provide improved access to modern, age-appropriate exercise equipment on Children's Oncology Units thus encouraging greater levels of activity.

    Aim 2

    To collectively ride 1,000,000 miles throughout 2017.


    » Encourage CFC supporters to contribute their cycling miles whether from challenges, commuting, training or just cycling to the shop!

    What success will look like

    Success will be hitting the target of a million miles ridden in 2017.

  • Impact


    CFC works closely with the hospitals & would ask for feedback from physiotherapists. CFC would request details of improvements made by patients.
    Examples of measurable outcomes & positive results include improved strength, balance & fitness, greater confidence & self-esteem.
    To encourage patients to be active once they've left hospital, CFC will award bikes & specially adapted trikes to successful applicants & provide
    ongoing exercise advice, information & support through treatment & recovery


    -There could have been a lack of interest in the project but we have worked hard to promote it and spread awareness and have been pleased with the large numbers signing up and the funds raised so far.
    -It could have been difficult to find out what equipment the hospitals need but a CFC member of staff works with and regularly visits the hospitals to fully assess and understand their requirements.


    Donors will receive email updates as to the progress of the project and will be able to speak to CFC if they require any further information.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £250,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £250,000 Hospital Exercise Equipment Supplying hi-tech, age-appropriate exercise bikes, other equipment & support.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Fundraisers £59,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Cyclists Fighting Cancer launched in 2005 and has since awarded over 3000 bikes and trikes. You must be aged 18 or under to apply for a bike or a trike from CFC.
    The Million Mile Bike Ride is supporting the 21 Children's Oncology Units throughout the UK.


    Any child or young person receiving treatment at one of the 21 Children's Oncology Units around the country would benefit from CFC's exercise equipment and support.
    Exercise has been shown in scientific studies to be the single most effective way of improving both physical and mental wellness for people surviving cancer.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Cyclists Fighting Cancer is the only UK charity specialising in supplying bikes and support to children and young people with cancer.
    CFC's Founder and CEO is a Cancer Exercise Specialist & has run the charity since 2005 so brings significant knowledge and expertise.
    CFC works closely with the Children's Oncology Units around the UK so understands their requirements.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mike Grisenthwaite

    CEO & Founder, CFC. Devised & implemented The Million Mile Bike Ride and oversees all aspects of the fundraising campaign and the charity

    Christina Butler

    Exercise Advisor & Charity Liaison. Works closely with the hospitals so fully understands their needs. Manages bike/ trike application process.

    Sarah Lakey

    Fundraising Manager, CFC. Encourages people to support and participate in the campaign. Involved in online & social media activity.


The cost of an Expresso HD Upright and Youth Bike, a hi-tech, interactive exercise bike.