Despite the cancellation of the GT15 event, Geoff and the team are more determined than ever to achieve the £1,000,000 fundraising target, therefore GT Day on Saturday 4th July, the day that marks 17 years since Geoff was sadly diagnosed with leukaemia, will go ahead as planned.

Geoff Thomas Day

Saturday 4th July 2020

Get involved and help blood cancer survivor Geoff Thomas and his GT15 Tour de France team raise £1,000,000 for Cure Leukaemia this summer.

On July 4th 2020, Geoff and his team would have been cycling stage 9 of the Tour de France, one day ahead of the professionals. This day marks 17 years since the former Crystal Palace captain was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia.

"Geoff Thomas Day’ is a great idea and I would urge football fans and the wider public to get involved to help Geoff and his team raise £1m for Cure Leukaemia this summer"

Gary Lineker – BBC Match of the Day Presenter

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To mark this key date, Saturday July 4th will be Geoff Thomas Day, and despite not being able to ride the Tour de France route this Summer, he is urging the football community & UK public to take on their own challenges to raise funds towards his team’s £1m target.

The GT15 Team’s £1,000,000 target

Geoff will carefully select the team of amateur cyclists who will join him for their GT15 Tour de France, one day ahead challenge from Thursday 1st July to Saturday 24th July 2021.

Each rider has committed to raising a minimum of £30,000 for Cure Leukaemia towards the team’s combined target of £1,000,000. The funds raised by GT15 will be invested in the national Trials Acceleration Programme Network (TAP) network.

Cure Leukaemia fund specialist research nurses at the 12 blood cancer centres across the UK that comprise the TAP network. These nurses allow clinical trials of pioneering and potentially life-saving treatments for blood cancer to run, giving patients from a catchment area of over 20 million people access to these new drugs. Many of these nurses have been re-deployed to directly help fight COVID-19 on the front-line.

The TAP network, which is co-ordinated and run from its Hub in the Centre for Clinical Haematology at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, allows rapid and accelerated assessment of these new treatments for blood cancer. Every penny raised by Geoff and the team will be invested in this network and will not only directly help save lives but will also help hasten global progress towards eradicating all forms of blood cancer.

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21 ways to get involved:

There are hundreds of ways you can get involved in Geoff Thomas Day but we have 21 suggestions below to represent the 21 stages of the Tour de France. For more information and to get involved simply fill in the form at the bottom of this page and a representative from Cure Leukaemia will be in touch.

The best fundraising ideas will be recognized at Cure Leukaemia’s annual CL Champions awards with awards for the Wackiest fundraiser, Highest fundraiser and a Young Fundraiser award too.

Remember, no matter how much you raise, you are making an impact on thousands of lives, thank you.

  • Make a donation to the GT15 team
  • Sponsor the official GT15 coach for 2021
  • Organise your own 2.1-mile or 21-mile cycle ride
  • Join Geoff and team on the Ribble Ride on Zwift
  • Place a bid in the GT Day auction (dates and items TBC)
  • Organise a 21-hour penalty shoot-out in your back garden
  • Organise a Zoom call with 21 friends
  • Offer a car washing service for people on your road
  • Organise a 21-mile walk
  • Organise a 21-mile run
  • Take part in an organised sky dive or abseil
  • Take part in a 21-hour sponsored silence
  • Organise a static bike challenge with friends, each participant riding 21 miles
  • Bake 21 cupcake
  • Challenge yourself to 21 press-ups
  • Re-create 21 famous goals in your back garden
  • Organise a virtual GT Day Quiz night
  • Encourage your child’s school to fundraise for GT Day
  • Wear your favourite Geoff Thomas football jersey
  • Raise £21 towards GT Day
  • Wear yellow

Where will the funds go?

Cure Leukaemia fund specialist research nurses at the 12 blood cancer centres across the UK that comprise the Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP) network. These nurses allow clinical trials of pioneering and potentially life-saving treatments for blood cancer to run, giving patients from a catchment area of over 20 million people access to these new drugs.

The TAP network, which is co-ordinated and run from its Hub in the Centre for Clinical Haematology at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, allows rapid and accelerated assessment of these new treatments for blood cancer. Every penny raised by Geoff and the team will be invested in this network and will not only directly help save lives but will also help hasten global progress towards eradicating all forms of blood cancer.

Register your interest

geoff@cureleukaemia.co.uk