Just over a year ago our best friend David Bloomfield was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. Dave was immediately admitted to Addenbrookes hospital to undergo major brain surgery. The operation successfully removed the bulk of the tumour, but due to the size of the tumour and the severity of the operation, Dave is now deprived of many of the faculties we take for granted. Amongst numerous other things, Dave is unable to walk unaided, talk coherently or see without pain; Dave is now heavily dependent on his incredible wife Toni.
A matter of weeks after having the operation, Toni gave birth to their second beautiful daughter, Kiki. What is usually a glorious time with a newborn to protect and saviour, Dave was enduring a strict and intense course of chemotherapy and the violent side effects that come with it.
Over the past year, with an amazing degree of courage and the support of his amazing family, he has slowly taught himself how to do the fundamental things that he was stripped of, gradually, Dave is coming back. However, this is just the beginning. Dave has already defied what the medical experts predicted for him and the strength that he and his wife have shown has been an inspiration to us all.
There is still a long road ahead for Dave and his family but there are treatments available to aid in his recovery. Dave has been told that he may never be able to work again, so the funding of such treatments is yet another obstacle in what has been a very testing year.
With that in mind, eight of us – of average fitness at best, most of whom haven't been on a bike since their paper round – have decided that it would be a good idea (!) to cycle from Lands End to Diss in six days. On ladies shopper bikes!!! The journey is almost 500 miles, so we will be doing the best part of 100 miles per day. We will (hopefully) be arriving in Diss on Good Friday to kick start the annual King Of The Cup event on April 3rd 2015.
We would really appreciate anything you can offer to help us out with this amazing cause. There is now some light at the end of the tunnel for Dave and his family. With your support and the strength he shows day to day, we can help to make a real difference to a family who really deserve it.
To offer support or check for updates visit the following websites:
Google – search ‘shop til we drop Dave Bloomfield’ – our website is the first returned
Twitter – @shoptilwedrop2