Havering support group says thank you to family friend for raising money with London to Brighton bike ride challenge

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 September 2017

Anthony Paul took on the London to Brighton challenge in aid of Lorraine’s Sickle and Thalassaemia Foundation.

Anthony Paul took on the London to Brighton challenge in aid of Lorraine’s Sickle and Thalassaemia Foundation.

Anthony Paul

A support group set up after the tragic death of a young woman, would like to say a big thank you to a family friend who raised thousands of pounds for the cause.

Those behind Lorraine’s Sickle and Thalassaemia Foundation, which supports residents in Havering and Barking and Dagenham, were delighted when family friend Anthony Paul opted in for the London to Brighton Bike Ride on behalf of the group.

He completed the difficult challenge on September 17 and was presented with a medal for his achievement.

Founder Cecilia Shoetan said: “It was a miracle when he informed us that he wanted to raise funds for our wailing support group.

“We thank all those who have made the contributions through Anthony’s effort and a special gratitude and thanks to Anthony himself.”

The group was set up in 2002 by Cecilia after her daughter Lorraine died of a form of sickle cell anaemia at just 24-years-old.

Thalassaemia, like sickle cell, is also a hereditary genetic blood disorder and both generally affect those from Afro, Caribbean, Asian, Mediterranean and Middle East backgrounds.

The group was formed to bring awareness to not only schools and colleges but the general public and health professionals.

Anthony took just over six hours to complete the 54-mile challenge and has raised more than £3,000 for the cause.

He said: “As a close friend of Lorraine’s brother, I experienced how the loss of Lorraine affected the family.

“The foundation has done a lot of work in the local community in the last 15 years to raise awareness of sickle cell and provide support and education to families and individuals which need it most.

“Any donations you make will go to a very worthwhile cause.

“The challenge was tough, but a really good experience and luckily the weather held out all day.

“I never expected to raise this amount but a massive thanks to everyone that sponsored me, I know that the money raised will be put to good use.”

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