In 2021 Glyn was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus and stomach which required both chemotherapy and a five-hour operation to remove a tumour and other cancerous lymph nodes too. A year-on from his diagnosis and six months on from his operation, Glyn is doing much better!
“Thankfully, I came through that really well and I was kicked out of hospital after a week, should have been in there at least two weeks they said, but after a week they had enough of me, so they chucked me out!
“Because I came through it so well, I thought I want to give something back – simple as that. I also wanted to prove to myself that there was life in the old dog yet and I could still do something.
“I came across one or two people who struggled a bit with their cancer treatments and I want to show to people that its not the end of the world and inspire them a bit really. Just to have a bit of hope that life is not over after all that.”
The Tour de Cas challenge Glyn has set himself is to cycle roughly 900 miles from The Mend-A-Hose Jungle in Castleford to the Stade Ernest-Wallon in Toulouse, France. Being a fan of the Fords since he was around 12-years-old Glyn will be aiming to arrive in time for the Tigers taking on the Super League’s newest team on Sunday, 12th June.
“I wanted to tie in with the Tigers because I spoke to Craig Jeffels (Head of Commercial Partnerships) last year, and we started talking about my want to do a big charity event and he said, ‘let me know, we can partner up to do something together’.”
Macmillan Cancer Support offer help to people with cancer, whether that is physical, financial or emotional support – they are with people and their families from the moment of diagnosis.
“Macmillan were there, thank god I didn’t need them, but they were always there in the background and I know a lot of people do use them – that’s why I wanted to help Macmillan.”
The Prince of Wales Hospice is Castleford Tigers’ official charity partner, and they provide outstanding care for people with life limiting illnesses in our local area.
“With The Prince of Wales Hospice, I’ve got my own domiciliary care company, so I’m involved in care for the elderly generally, and it just seemed a good fit to partner with the Hospice alongside Macmillans.
“The Hospice is similar to what I do at work as well, so it’s a good fit, they look after terminally ill people, other people in the community and in the Hospice itself. It just rings true with what doing I’m at work myself in Leeds.”
“Any money that is received will be gratefully received and split 50/50 between the two charities.”
If you would like to donate to Glyn’s Cas to Toulouse cycling challenge, and help raise funds for both Macmillan Cancer Support and The Prince of Wales Hospice – you will find the Just Giving page HERE.
All donations will be split 50/50 between both charities.
Glyn is also happy to welcome anyone who fancies joining him on his Tour de Cas in support, or on the cycling challenge itself!
“I am more than happy to welcome people along for what should be an incredible experience and to help raise even more money for these worthwhile causes.
“If anyone is also willing to lend a hand in support with the logistics or any other support which would help achieve my goal – please do get in touch.”