Daniel Galleni – Completed London to Truro Cycle Challenge
Taking on any challenge can be just as much of mental strength as it is of physical strength, even more so when you are doing it for something very close to your heart. Daniel Galleni and four of his colleagues came together in May to embark on such a challenge in order to raise money for three fantastic charities all very personal to them all – Shooting Star Chase, Children with Cancer and The Brain Tumour Charity.
“For me there was never any doubt as to who I would be raising money for. Having spent 8 months living at Shooting Star Chase with our son Max, I have experienced first hand what this amazing charity offers to the supported children and families,” explains Daniel.
The epic cycling challenge saw the team of five ride from London to Truro in Cornwall, covering 300 miles in just 3 days. If this wasn’t a challenge enough, the team decided to up the ante in order to raise as much as they could. So they plotted their route to include as many leg burning hills as possible, climbing a total of 18,360ft over the three days.
Daniel’s son Max passed away on 25th May 2016 at just 10 months old. He was supported and cared for at Shooting Star Chase’s Hampton hospice, Shooting Star House. “Each year Shooting Star Chase invites bereaved families back for a Memory Day service which includes hanging a star on the memory tree in the Tranquil Suite garden. Having experienced our first Memory Day last year, I appreciate how important the day is to myself, Jane and all the families involved,” said Daniel. “When I found out last year that the tree is now full of stars and that a second tree was needed, I decided I would raise the funds and thought the cycle ride would be a great way to help raise money towards it!”
Daniel is no stranger to challenging himself, previously taking part in two major challenges in aid of Shooting Star Chase. September 2016 saw him complete the Round the Island Cycle Challenge, a 100km route around the Isle of Wight and in 2017 he was part of #TeamSSC for Ride London-Surrey 100, raising over £4,000 from these two challenges alone. The latest challenge was by far the longest he’d taken on, with the team and Daniel admirably persevering to the end, “I kept telling myself that the pain I’m feeling is temporary whereas all those children that we met during our stay have to deal with a lot more every day within their day to day lives.”
The team have gone on to raise an amazing £19,000 to be split between their chosen charities. “The feeling of pride and relief in having completed this relentless journey alongside my work friends is one memory I shall never forget.”