Appco partner tackles Tour de France for Marie Curie

A business owner in Appco UK’s network is cycling a leg of the Tour de France to raise funds for terminal illness charity Marie Curie in honour of his personal friend and coach.

Nicolas Flynn, director of Celica Marketing in Scotland, is tackling the grueling 142-kilometre route from Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne to La Toussuire in July.

It’s an extremely steep leg, but Nicolas believes the memory of his former cycling coach James Dorward will inspire him, and a desire to repay Marie Curie for the care they gave James towards the end of his battle with cancer will drive him over the finish line.

“I used to cycle at a pretty high level and one of my main influences was my coach and Frampa (pretend grandpa) James,” Nicolas says (pictured above left in his previous cycling days, and left recently in his Marie Curie kit).

“Jimmy, as most knew him, dedicated his life to developing young British cyclists and helping them achieve what they wanted from the sport.

“Unfortunately, after a fairly short battle with cancer a few years ago he passed away at the grand old age of 87. It was a great innings, but before he was diagnosed with the disease he was living the life of a man 30 years his junior, so it was a shock to see how quickly the cancer took a hold of him.

“Towards the end Jimmy was fortunate to get an opportunity to spend his last few weeks in the Springburn Marie Curie Hospice where he was cared for with love and dignity.”

Nicolas approached Marie Curie about doing the race in the charity’s honour because he believes that being in his home town with a fantastic team of carers around him, gave James the best quality of life at the end, and allowed his family to make the most of the precious time they had left together.
 
“Unfortunately, not everyone gets this care and that’s why I urge you to dig deep, pennies, pounds, dollars or euros. It will all help a fantastic charity do their fantastic work, caring for people with terminal illness.”
 
If you would like to donate, visit Nicolas’s Just Giving page.
 
Take a look at the grueling route that Nicolas will be cycling to raise vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.