Peter Mulqueeney tells us his story and why he is riding to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
- This weekend's match dedicated to support Latics to Amsterdam and Prostate Cancer UK.
- Organiser Peter Mulqueeney shares his personal story.
- Ride to take place in June 2016, with over £5,500 raised already.
This weekend our match against Oldham Athletic is dedicated to help raise money and awareness for Football to Amsterdam 2016 and more specifically our team Latics2Amsterdam, who are taking part in the cycling event in June this year to help raise important funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
Latics currently have the fourth highest number of members in the Football League in their cycling team for the 145 mile journey and training, although weather affected, is progressing for the ride that will see hundreds of cyclists represent clubs across the Football League.
The ride starts at the iconic Olympic Park in East London on 3rd June 2016 and will finish at the Amsterdam Arena.
The Latics2A team has been organised by Peter Mulqueeney and John Heeley, who took part in the 2015 event. Peter and John along with their team will be carrying out a bucket collection and distributing flyers outside the ground, so be sure to say hello and help them on with their challenge!
“Some years ago, I became very unfit and overweight and I was diagnosed with Diabetes, it wasn’t good,” Peter explained. “It got to a stage where I knew I had to do something about it to get my life under control and so I lost a lot of weight, took up cycling as a hobby and kept myself fit.
“I did that, got as fit as I have been in my life, and then had a heart attack and was struck down completely.
“It probably sounds strange that I got as fit as I did and then I had a heart attack but had I not been that fit then the doctor treating me said he would have been talking to my widow and not me, that puts it into perspective how important it was that I got fit.
“Following the heart attack in 2014, I wasn’t allowed to do too much exercise and, to be honest, I had a mental block and scare about my heart every time I tried to do any sort of significant exercise.
“I saw an article on the club website about London 2 Amsterdam asking if any supporters wanted to represent the club in the ride and I thought that was just the goal and motivation I needed to get back into it.
“It ticked all the boxes; I could get fit again, I could represent my club and I could also help raise funds towards Prostate Cancer UK having lost my father and a close friend to cancer, whilst I also have another friend currently receiving chemotherapy and treatment for cancer too.
“I talked my friend John into doing it with me, even though at the time his only exercise was lifting a pint off the bar!”
Peter and John thoroughly enjoyed their experience and this year they have taken things to another level by raising funds through different events in preparation for the ride in which they will lead the team.
“When we crossed the finishing line last year, we decided to do it again,” he continued. “We feel we have proved you don’t have to be some sort of superhero to do the ride because we mere mortals achieved it.
“A number of people have now signed up to the team, there is currently 13 people signed up to our team.
“We’ve got our aims in terms of fundraising and we have some upcoming events that we hope people take part in including our Glitter Ball Dinner Dance and our Charity Race Night at the Honeysuckle Inn.”
“Prostate cancer affects 1 in 8 people, it is that significant,” Peter continued. “Essentially it means 1,000 people here today could be affected by it so our message is please help us to help you.”
In 2015, the collective Men United squad raised a whopping £350,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, an amount which will go a long way in helping men who are affected by the disease and crucially pave the way for new research and treatments.
Registration for the ride is still open, with the race registration fee costing £149. Each rider will pledge to raise a minimum of £1000 in sponsorship to help fight back against a disease that affects one in eight men in the UK alone.
To register, go to www.prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam.
For more information about the Latics 2 Amsterdam team and their upcoming events or if you wish to make a donation please visit www.latics2amsterdam.co.uk