Simon M Thornton

Architect in Golcar, United Kingdom

Simon M Thornton

Architect in Golcar, United Kingdom

Support my charity

For anyone who doesn't know me, my name is Simon. I am a founding Partner of the Castles family of businesses and have been a cyclist and cycling sports fan for many many years.

This September I have agreed to join my friend Mark in riding 500km from London to Paris to help raise much needed funds for Blood Cancer Research. We are riding in support of Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research) and I hope to raise over £2000 in the Castles name to aid vital research and provide support to improve the lives of blood cancer patients.

In 2014 my wife and I watched Mark, a good friend, neighbour and cycling buddy begin his own battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma. We saw the illness take hold of his and his families lives and the battle they faced in overcoming this terrible illness. We offered a shoulder to cry on and support where we could but really little more than a friendly face during what must have been the darkest times of their lives.

Now four years on, Mark is cancer free, part of a happy family, in the prime of his life, a Bloodwise ambassador and all round sickeningly good role model to many. A shining example of why investment in Cancer research is worthwhile.

So having witnessed the effect Bloodwise make to real lives and the unbelievably positive outcomes that so frequently happen, I am proud to be part of the 200 strong peleton riding from Regents Park and finishing on the Champs Elysee to raise vital funding for this life saving charity.