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Team Traka set for Land’s End to John O’Groats charity cycle ride

Kev Barnes, who has worked for Traka for over 15 years, is celebrating his 60th birthday by cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats and raising money for Cure CJD in the process alongside three other team members.

Traka-CharityCycle-22Kev, UK Field Services Manager, has set himself the challenge of raising £1,100, a pound for every mile cycled in aid of Cure CJD, which supports clinical studies to investigate possible treatments for CJD and related Prion diseases.

The plan, set out over a 15-day period will see Kev cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats from 2 June and finish on 16 June. It is supported by close friends Steve, Craig, and Lee Newell who all work for Traka, and is in memory of Craig & Lee’s mum Ruth, who recently passed from the disease.

Kev explains: “This is an enormous challenge, but one I am very excited to complete in memory of Ruth. I will have my 60th ‘coming of age’ just before departure from Land’s End and feel obliged not to waste my good fortune for health and fitness. Though I may wish I had taken on this challenge 20 years ago by the time we reach John O’Groats!

“At present, the only treatment for CJD involves trying to keep the person as comfortable as possible and reducing symptoms with medicines. Every penny raised will help scientists and doctors with University College London Hospitals Charity UK one step closer to finding a cure and treatment.”

Lee Newell, Mechanical Design Engineer at Traka said: “We have known Kev all our lives, both personally and through the Traka family. We are so grateful for him for taking on this challenge and raising such significant funds and know mum would have been immensely proud.”

Craig Newell, VP Strategic Business Development at Traka Americas added: “As a hereditary disease with a 50/50 chance of passing on the gene, this is a cause very close to our hearts. Our family is humbled by Kev’s own huge heart and generosity”.

“It means so much to us that Kev is doing this for Prion. We can already see the donations pouring in, for which we are so thankful. We have no doubt that he will reach his target and smash the challenge at the same time,” concluded Steve Newell, Factory Manager at Traka.

Find out more about Cure CJD and make a donation to Kev, here >>


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