Twelve employees at Drive System Design will be taking on the 24-mile Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 8th September, during Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
They will climb the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough; a combined climb of 5200ft in under 12 hours. This challenge will conclude DSD’s third year of fundraising for charities that improve the lives of people living with blood cancer, to date raising over £18,500 since 2016.
The employees are taking these event on to support their colleague Lizzie. Lizzie was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, a form of blood cancer, four years ago and has endured a gruelling period of treatment during that time. After relapsing for a second time after a stem cell transplant in the summer of 2016 her prospects looked very bleak but thankfully she was placed on a world first clinical trial, made available by funds raised for Cure Leukaemia, and is currently in remission.
In July this year, Lizzie returned to work for DSD, working remotely for the time being, and has been sharing her story far and wide to help Cure Leukaemia raise an additional £1m in 2017 to double the capacity of the Centre to allow more blood cancer patients access to pioneering treatments like those made available to Lizzie.
DSD employee Thomas Holdstock is also undertaking a solo expedition, challenging himself to cycle 3300 miles from Los Angeles to New York over 32 days also during Blood Cancer Awareness Month. He will set off straight from Los Angeles airport on Thursday 27th September with his return flight from New York booked for 28th October. With just a bike, tent, sleeping bag and minimal equipment this really promises to be an extraordinary solo challenge. Everyone at Drive System Design wishes Tom the best of luck for his colossal challenge in September!