Wednesday 22nd May 2019
James Deehaan, Lirim Gula, Charlie Crane and Rufus Scholefield are collectively known as Dorabros, named after the Dorado fish. They are four friends brought together by a thirst for adventure and their desire to make a difference, and they're taking on five challenges to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust.
So far the Dorabros have completed two of the five challenges: the gruelling Marathon de Sables in April and the Rome to Home cycling tour this month. In August, they will take on the Ironman Vichy, as well as an English Channel swim in September.
Their final challenge? Rowing across the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December.
We chose Teenage Cancer Trust because all of our lives have been touched by cancer, and we want to support other people our age that are fighting this disease. We visited the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at UCLH in June 2018 and had the chance to meet and speak to some of the young people and staff. Visiting the unit really gives you a first-hand understanding of why an age-appropriate space and specialised staff are vital for young people.
Dorabros have so far raised nearly £7,000 including a generous donation of £5,000 from James’ employer, Kaizen Reporting.
Laura Woodcock, Teenage Cancer Trust Regional Fundraising Manager for London and surrounding counties, said:
What Dorabros aims to achieve in terms of the challenges and the fundraising target is absolutely incredible. We are the UK’s only charity providing age-appropriate specialist nursing to young people with cancer, so we’re so grateful for this Herculean effort.