Ormskirk Advertiser : 2020-09-24

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The Advertiser Thursday, September 24, 2020 11 ● ORDER YOUR 2021 POCKET DIARY TODAY £7.00 + £3.45 POSTAGE (UK) A SKELMERSDA­LE man whose rugby career was halted when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour as a teenager is cycling 210 miles to fundraise for the charity which supported him. Now 22, Jack Seddon was helped by the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust after treatment for a germinoma tumour in his brain. He has since gone on to volunteer for the charity and is among a host of people taking part in the epic virtual challenge throughout September. Jack will be cycling 210 miles during the month as part of the trust’s virtual Round Britain Your Way event, which is running throughout the whole of September to coincide with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The charity runs to empower young people aged eight to 24 to embrace their future after cancer and its work begins when treatment ends as, for many young people, picking up where they left off before their diagnosis isn’t possible. The trust has twice sailed around Britain crewed by young people in recovery from cancer in 2009 and 2017. Now Round Britain Your Way invites anyone to run, swim, walk, cycle or create their own challenge to collective­ly travel the 4,800 miles the young people sailed on each of those two voyages. Jack first sailed with the trust in 2013 from their base in Cowes on The must have handy pocket diary for every racing fan, covering all UK and Ireland racing fixtures throughout the year. ● Includes the latest stats and info on jockeys, trainers and courses, with past winners of the major races for the last 10 years. Plus our tipster Newsboy is back with his preview to the year ahead and who to look out for in 2021. the Isle of Wight, before training to become a volunteer in 2016. He said: “They found a 3cm lesion on my brain after the leftside of my body went numb following a knock to the head during a game of rugby. I missed out on a term and a bit of school, I stopped playing rugby while I was being treated and I was told I couldn’t play anymore due to trauma on my skull. “That really hit me hard because rugby had been my life since I could walk, it was all I knew. “I was anxious about going on a trust trip at first, until I met the other young people, and then as soon as we got together as a group, I knew it was going to be a great week. “Even though we only see each other about once a year, we’ve got that lasting bond, we’ve still got our friendship. The trust has given me the self-belief that I could actually be a big success in whatever I do.” Young cancer surivors are expected to need the trust more than ever in the wake of Covid-19 as isolation, loneliness, anxiety, anger and fear all increase significan­tly. But the trust is expecting its income to drop by a third this year due to the impact of the pandemic. Round Britain Your Way will raise vital funds so the trust can still be here for those young people who need support after their treatment ends. Jack added: “When the the trust announced Round Britain Your Way, I knew I had to join in, and I knew I had to cycle. Although I could have picked flatter routes to build up miles quicker, I decided I had to make it a challenge, cycling up the various steep hills that surround my home.” Round Britain Your Way is all about taking on a challenge of your choice, either on your own or as part of a team within Covid regulation­s. To find out more and to support the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust visit www.ellenmacar­thurcancer­trust.org Don’t go racing without it!  Order over the phone by calling 0131 557 7517  Order online at www.grangecomm­unications.co.uk Pre order now: Lines open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm Last date to order to guarantee delivery before Christmas is Weds 16th December 2020 | Lines closed 25th Dec 2020 - 1st Jan 2021