Directors race to the Alps to help fight cancer

26 July 2018

The directors of a South Yorkshire IT and telecoms company will cycle across the Alps next month in aid of Weston Park Cancer Charity.

Roman Foster and Steve Timmiss, co-owners of Kaizen IT and Telecom based in Ecclesfield, Sheffield, will cycle 700km from Paris to Grenoble from 25 August to 1 September.

Weston Park Cancer Charity supports Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield - one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England, providing cancer treatment services for patients across Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Worksop and Chesterfield.

Roman and Steve know first-hand the devastating effects cancer can have. In 2015 Steve was diagnosed with prostate cancer. His condition is currently under control through regular observations. Roman had to undergo surgery to remove a tumour from his thigh before being given the all-clear. In 2012, he lost his father to bowel cancer.

The pair have been training for the event for six months. They will be joined on the cycle challenge by a group of friends, family and colleagues. The team has so far raised over £4,000 of its £10,000 target.

Roman said: “Having both been moved by the wonderful team at Weston Park Hospital, we wanted to do something that would push us to our limits and ensure we raised as much funds as we could for this worthwhile cause.

“This will be our first long-distance cycle, but we’re really looking forward to taking on the challenge. To support us along the way we’ve gathered a group of cycling enthusiasts who share our same passion for making a difference.”

Jade Hearsum, community fundraiser at Weston Park Cancer Charity, said: “This is an incredible thing to do to help those facing cancer and we’d like to say a big thank you to Steve and Roman and all the team for their fantastic fundraising efforts. Their support means we are able to provide first-class treatment and care to people from across the region. We’re looking forward to following their progress and wish them lots of luck with the challenge.”

Donations to Kaizen’s ‘Race to the Alps’ charity cycle can be made via the team’s Virgin Money Giving page. Follow #RacetotheAlps on Twitter to see their progress.

Notes to editors

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Founded in 2004, Kaizen provides IT and telecom solutions for customers in the creative industries sector. The company has a headquarters in Sheffield and offices in London and employs a 25-strong workforce. /

Weston Park Hospital is based on Whitham Road, Sheffield. It is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England and provides cancer treatment services for patients across Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster, Worksop and Chesterfield.

Weston Park Cancer Charity was launched in 1994 and raises money to support the hospital’s work around cancer research, treatment and care. #TeamWestonPark is an initiative which encourages fundraisers to be part of something bigger and join together to help fight cancer. Every year, hundreds of people get on their bikes, lace up their running shoes and throw themselves head first into various physical challenges in support of the charity.

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