Round The Grounds Will Be A Challenge But For A Worthwhile Charity In Need

This weekend, a very special challenge takes place. Round the Grounds is a 62 mile circular route around all 12 football league grounds in London, starting at Selhurst Park and finishing with an extra 13th stop at Champion Hill, home of Dulwich Hamlet.

Twenty-nine riders will take part in the event on Saturday 18th July and have raised more than £11,000 so far for Lymphoma Action.

We were contacted by Palace season ticket holder and regular at Dulwich Hamlet, Hugh Porter, from East Dulwich in South East London. In August last year, Hugh was diagnosed with Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma. He had a five-centimeter tumor in his brain, which the amazing team at Kings College Hospital successfully removed.

It took months of hospitalisation and chemotherapy treatment, however, to allow Hugh to have a successful Stem Cell Transplant and get the cancer into remission. An organisation that has helped him greatly throughout (and continues to) is Lymphoma Action, the UK’s only charity dedicated to lymphoma. 

The charity has recently had to launch an emergency appeal as it struggles to cope with a three-fold increase in hotline calls since lockdown began and the cancelation of crucial fundraising events. Hugh has been greatly touched by how readily friends rallied for the cause and would like to raise even more funds as a result, and the profile, of Lymphoma Action. 

Hugh asked if TEB could support the charity by helping to publicise the Round the Grounds ride, and we needed no further invitation to do so having personally witnessed the effects of lymphoma first hand. So, we are asking our readers and followers across our social media channels to join us in donating to the cause.

You can support the Round the Grounds riders and Lymphoma Action by heading over to the Just Giving page (where you can read Hugh’s Story) and donating any amount you can spare. Just think, if every one of our Twitter followers donates £1 each, it would boost the tally by more than £10,000 so just a fraction of that would be fantastic.

The riders will be gathering at Selhurt Park from 7.30am for an 8am start. They are hoping to cross the finish line at Dulwich Hamlet between 3pm and 7pm.

The route runs clockwise taking in the following grounds, so if you pass them on their route, please give them your support: 

  • Crystal Palace, Selhurst Park
  • AFC Wimbledon, Kingsmeadow
  • Brentford, Griffin Park
  • Fulham, Craven Cottage
  • Chelsea, Stamford Bridge
  • QPR, Loftus Road
  • Arsenal, Emirates Stadium
  • Spurs, White Hart Lane
  • Leyton Orient, Brisbane Road
  • West Ham, London Stadium
  • Charlton Athletic, The Valley
  • Millwall, The New Den
  • Dulwich Hamlet, Champion Hill

About Lymphoma Action

Lymphoma Action is the UK’s only charity dedicated to lymphoma, the UK’s fifth most common adult cancer and the most common cancer in 15-24 year olds. Every 27 minutes someone in the UK receives a lymphoma diagnosis.

Lymphoma is a form of blood cancer, which affects the white blood cells. We have been providing indepth, expert information and wide-ranging support for over 30 years, helping thousands of people affected by lymphoma. Our work drives improvements in the diagnosis, treatment, and aftercare of lymphoma.

We inform – Lymphoma is a complex cancer. We empower people to understand and adjust to their disease with our trusted and medically endorsed information.

We support – Everyone’s lymphoma experience is unique. We offer support and reassurance at every step – from symptom awareness through diagnosis, treatment and beyond.

We connect – No one should face their lymphoma alone. We make it possible for people to meet, or hear from, others in a similar situation, as well as leading lymphoma medical experts.

We want to reach the 125,000 people in the UK estimated to be living with lymphoma, as well as their family and friends and the healthcare professionals who care for them. To do that more effectively, we need a louder voice.

We want everyone affected by lymphoma to receive the best possible information, support, treatment and care. We have made huge progress in recent years to develop our services and reach thousands more people in order to help us give everyone affected by lymphoma the best possible information, support, treatment and care.

However you’re affected by lymphoma, whoever you are, we are here for you.

For further information, please contact – Lymphoma Action, 3 Cromwell Court, New Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 2GA. Telephone 01296 619400.

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