The Cycle To Survival?

This Sunday, May 11th, West Ham United travel to Birmingham City for the last game of the season with still a chance of avoiding relegation, and one fan, thus far, still ticketless, in fact, will be travelling the scenic route - if there is such a thing from London to Birmingham.

Chris Ward will be biking the 125 miles of the Grand Union canal in time for kick-off to support the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.

When Bobby led the 1966 England team to World Cup victory he inspired a generation.

After his death from bowel cancer in 1993, the Bobby Moore Fund was founded. Its aims are to raise money for vital research into the prevention, screening and treatment of bowel cancer.

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Bobby Moore's widow Stephanie, founder of the fund, says: "I am still in pain from a 10 minute cycle to see my uncle - but I was on my dad's bicycle, and it was high!

"Anybody who is going to be doing a ride like that is inspirational. London to Birmingham is phenomenal, and I just hope he has the weather for it.

"Let's hope there is the right result at the end of the journey.

"I think Chris is doing a fantastic job and we are really grateful for his support. It is a big sacrifice, and it is not going to be an easy cycle.

"Perhaps I'll do five minutes with him, but I hope lots of people pledge their support - both emotionally and financially!"

If you would like to support Chris' efforts for this extremely worthwhile charity founded in the name of the greatest English footballer of all time, please call the Bobby Moore Hotline between 9-5pm Monday to Friday.

Or you can contact Chris direct, on [email protected], saying how much you would like to sponsor him for - for example, 10p a mile = £12.50, 20p a mile = £25, and so on.

Please also let him know if you would like the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK to claim tax on your sponsorship donation, so that the charity gets 28% more without it costing you a penny.

Please bear in mind that you need to be earning so the charity can claim on your sponsorship, and that you have to include your full home address.

This supports the charity's tax claim and will not be used to contact you.

Please include the following when sending your email:

First Name:
Home address:
Sponsorship amount:
Can BMF claim the tax?

The map of the route can be found at:

And, of course, if you have a spare ticket...