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Amgen UK and Ireland* to Participate in Fifth Myeloma UK London to Paris Ride

Amgen UK and Ireland, for the fifth consecutive year, is supporting the Myeloma UK London to Paris Ride. As a company dedicated to improving patients’ lives, we are sponsoring a team of 10 Amgen staff, representing our office, field and remote teams.

Myeloma UK has teamed up with cycling event specialists to stage this event with professional-quality support including rolling road closures, support vehicles and mechanical back-up. The London to Paris ride is a challenging four-day event, which will mean pedalling a whopping 500km for each rider! At the finish, our riders will arrive in Paris under police escort, taking a route along the Champs-Élysées, past the Arc de Triomphe, across the River Seine and then on to finish at the iconic Eiffel Tower.

In the UK alone, approximately 5,700 people are diagnosed with myeloma every year [1]. Multiple myeloma is an incurable blood cancer, which is why research is critically important

Through this major fundraising event, Myeloma UK aims to accelerate scientific breakthroughs in the myeloma landscape, helping more patients to access the vital medicines they need. Amgen UK and Ireland* is a corporate partner for the event and together with Amgen Europe colleagues, is entering a total of 20 lucky cyclists for the event. While the entry fee is funded by Amgen, all participating riders are undertaking their own personal fundraising of a minimum of £1,500 each.

Over the last four years, through the generosity of many, our UK and Ireland staff have raised more than £60,000. Please help us in supporting the rider team again this year!

Our 2021 Ride Team

Cathy Stokes

“I am thrilled to have been selected to join the Amgen team for the Myeloma UK London to Paris charity ride in 2021. I am new to cycling and loving my new road-bike and the training. The ride will test me physically and mentally and if I start flagging, I know the great cause and the camaraderie will keep me going. I’m looking forward to making new friends and being part of this amazing experience and crossing the finish line with the team. Thank you for any donations to support Myeloma UK’s fantastic work to improve the lives of myeloma patients.”

Visit Cathy’s JustGiving page.

Uma Chopra

“I am thrilled to be representing Amgen UK and Ireland for the London to Paris bike ride, a unique and rewarding opportunity to raise money and awareness for Myeloma UK and inspire others. As a novice cyclist, I am nervous about jumping on the saddle but I'm hoping my newfound love for spinning will pull me through! I am most excited about cycling around the Arc de Triumph and finishing at the Eiffel Tower: a spectacular feeling and memory I’m sure I will cherish forever. All funds will go directly to Myeloma UK, so please dig deep and help me make myeloma history!”

Visit Uma’s JustGiving page.

Richard Meader

“Having watched a colleague participate in the 2019 ride, I was eager to get involved with this event. I am thrilled to be part of the 2021 team and can’t wait to introduce my legs to some legitimate exercise, which has been almost entirely absent during lockdown. This will be a great opportunity to raise a chunk of cash for a very worthy cause and to learn more about myeloma and how it affects the lives of people first-hand.”

Visit Richard’s JustGiving page.

Joe Maskell

“I’m so pleased to be part of the Amgen team riding to Paris to raise money for and awareness of multiple myeloma. I’m excited about pedaling all the way to Paris. I used to regularly cycle on my commute to work and have been on a couple of cycle tours before: the Coast to Coast in the north of England and the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. I decided to apply for this ride because I would like to meet colleagues from other teams, meet patients and to hear their stories in order to better understand their challenges. It’s a privilege to be able to help by raising funds for myeloma patients. From myself and those you will be helping, thank you for donating.”

Visit Joe’s JustGiving page.

David Neasham

“I’m thrilled to be part of the 2021 Amgen UK and Ireland team, supporting Myeloma UK. It is a unique opportunity to raise money for a vital cause, alongside other Amgen teams, people from other companies, patients and their families. Coming from Ilkley in the Dales region of the UK (which has one of biggest cycling clubs in the UK) and cycling from an early age, plus having entered previous endurance challenges (e.g. London and Berlin marathons), I’m definitely up for this new challenge! On a personal level, I also want to dedicate this event in memory of my Mum, who died from Covid-19 in April last year.”

Visit David’s JustGiving page.

Richard Hodgson

“I feel myeloma doesn’t get the attention it deserves and that not enough people are aware of it. So it’s great to have the opportunity to do my bit for this great charity and hopefully help shed a little more light on this condition. I’ve done numerous charity bike rides before, once with Amgen colleagues, but this will be the longest and most gruelling by far. I’m really looking forward to the challenge of training for this and most of all taking part in the event with the Amgen team. Assuming I go the distance, to cross the finish line in Paris with the Myeloma peloton will be a great feeling.”

Visit Richard’s JustGiving page.

Sarah Logan

“I’m thrilled to join the Amgen team. Over the years, I’ve admired the colleagues who train and prepare, and return exuberant from Paris. I am looking forward to meeting patients, their friends, relatives and clinicians, as well as testing my mettle. I used to commute daily by bike, but that ended when we escaped to the country and I thought the distance was too far! Now I’ve realised the 54km round trip will provide a solid training base for this challenge. All the money we raise will go to Myeloma UK, who provide information and support to patients, support access to treatments and fund the development of early phase clinical trials.”

Visit Sarah’s JustGiving page.

Hayley Welsh

“Wow! What a fantastic opportunity… I can’t wait to embark on this challenge to raise awareness of multiple myeloma and funds for Myeloma UK. No one should face cancer alone and that is what Myeloma UK is all about: supporting patients and their families whilst continuing to invest in ground-breaking research that will aim to eliminate this disease. Every donation to Myeloma UK is a step closer to that. I am so excited about joining an amazing group of riders and enjoying the French scenery whilst raising money for a great cause. I’ve previously completed an Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Vichy, so know all too well how hilly the French countryside is – my bike has been in the garage ever since! I best go and dust it off and start pedalling! Good luck to everyone and thank you for any donations.”

Visit Hayley’s JustGiving page.

Mark Rose

“I’m hugely excited to be a part of the Amgen 2021 team and really looking forward to challenging myself in support of an amazing cause. Having heard some of the stories direct from myeloma patients, I’m looking forward to making a small contribution to advancing knowledge in this area by meeting the fundraising target. I fell off the ‘serious’ cycling wagon a few years ago as work and family took precedence, but I’ve been using lockdown as an opportunity to prepare for this fantastic route by getting back out and into training! Thank you for any and all donations in support of Myeloma UK’s fantastic work to improve the lives of myeloma patients.”

Visit Mark’s JustGiving page.

Natalie Jones

“Shortly after I joined Amgen, I was lucky enough to be given a really good road bike, that apart from a few weekend rides, has been mostly wasted as a commuter bike! I am looking forward to being part of this incredible ride; giving me a new challenge and getting the most out of my bike, whilst raising money for this amazing cause. I know someone currently in remission from myeloma, so I know what a challenging disease it can be for patients and their families, and I am privileged to be able to take part in this fundraiser. Myeloma UK is a great charity that makes a real difference, so please give what you can.”

Visit Natalie’s JustGiving page.


*Amgen UK Ltd and Amgen Ireland Ltd.

References:

Myeloma UK, (unknown). What is Myeloma? [Online]. Available at: https://www.myeloma.org.uk/understanding-myeloma/what-is-myeloma/ [Accessed February 2021]

Job Code: UKI-KYP-0121-00001 Date of Preparation: January 2021