Premier league news Geoff Thomas sets £1m target as Crystal Palace add support to charity campaign Last spor news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Geoff Thomas spoke to football.london about his Tour 21 event running this summer, to which Crystal Palace have donated a number of match-worn shirts Palace fans can bid for
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "After going through the procedure of the stem cell transplant and the various things to get myself fit and healthy again after my battle against leukaemia, it was a case of what my body was allowing me to do. "After 18, 19 years of football my knees were more or less shot. So cycling was my only option. At first it was really, really tough just doing owt more than 10 miles. Now I'm asking my body to go over 100 miles a day in a tour. "It's totally different [from football]. 90 minutes seems such a short time now in comparison to sitting in the saddle for about 10 plus hours on some of the days." Plenty of Crystal Palace fans will already know Geoff Thomas' story. The captain who led the club out at Wembley in the 1990 FA Cup final. The man who represented England at senior level. And the man who was faced with a huge battle just a year after retiring from the game following his leukaemia diagnosis. And if you know about Thomas' past, you almost certainly know about what he's done since overcoming the disease. The 56-year-old has raised millions of pounds for to help in the fight against leukaemia, and after a year in which charities have been hit hard by the pandemic and a loss of fundraising events, Thomas is back on his bike. He'll be completing his fifth Tour de France challenge one week ahead of the race itself with 24 other amateur cyclists to raise vital funds for Cure Leukaemia, the charity for which he is a patron. "We're riding the full course of the Tour de France, every single mile of it - up the mountains," Thomas told football.london. "We've got 25 riders including myself, taking on the challenge of not just getting to Paris, but also raising £1million for a charity called Cure Leukaemia. "We should have been last year, and obviously had to postpone it. Everybody was struggling. The majority of businesses were struggling and so were charities. We've got to fill a void as well as do a little bit more to catch up, really. "We endeavour to do that. We've got a target of £1million but we'd love to get way past that, fill that void from last year. We're on about £650,000 now, the guys are working really hard as a team to promote it and use networks to bring the money in.
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. "I've been [with Cure Leukaemia] since the start. It was set up by a professor who saved my life - Professor Charlie Craddock. "Back in 2003 there wasn't an awful lot of clinical research going on into getting all the wealth of science out of the science labs to benefit patients. So it was really his vision of building an infrastructure that allows clinical trials to work within a network. What we've done really is bring numerous centres together. Bring hospitals together to work together so that rather than working in isolation, these guys are collecting the data and information but also using their knowledge together, and we're finding that it accelerates answers. "In short, the money that we're raising is really funding more clinical because they're key to getting all of this information out and looking after the patients and giving them the new therapies and new drugs that are coming through. "This is delivering new hope to patients that would otherwise more or less been told: 'Sorry, we can't do anything more for you'. "Now we're seeing opportunities arise far quicker with this system that we've got set up and funded by Cure Leukaemia. They're doing great things." Crystal Palace have added their support to the campaign, donating 11 signed and match-worn shirts from this season's clash against Chelsea for an auction. The auction will run until 9pm on Sunday May 23 - the date of Palace's last Premier League fixture this season against Liverpool, and Thomas says the club have been fantastic in backing the critical work. Fans hoping to buy one of the shirts (or more than one) can bid on them via sliderstock.com/palaceshirts. "Palace have been there from day one of myself being diagnosed," Thomas stated. "The support I've had from the club has been immense. From fans, from the owners of the club to former directors and everything like that: it's been non-stop really. "I'm grateful to them. They were there from day one with good luck messages. They're still there now. It's fabulous that they keep supporting. "They're very much aware of what we're doing and how critical it is in this world of blood cancer that we carry on doing it until we've beaten it. "I can't fault anything on the side of Crystal Palace, they've been fantastic."
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