On Saturday July 4th 2020, Geoff and his team of amateur cyclists will ride stage 9 of the Tour de France, one day ahead of the professionals. This day will mark 17 years since the former Crystal Palace captain was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia.
Geoff Thomas Day
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.
"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
To mark this key date, July 4th will be Geoff Thomas Day, and he is urging football fans, the UK public, businesses and the blood cancer community to take on their own fundraising challenges on or around this date to raise funds towards his team’s £1m target for the charity that saved his life.
Geoff and the team will wear special yellow jerseys on July 4th designed by Kalas signifying how they are representing blood cancer patients across the world and leading the fight by raising funds to help eradicate this disease.
This is your chance to be part of this inspirational goal to raise £1m for Cure Leukaemia. No matter what the event, Geoff is urging you to think of any fundraising idea that could contribute towards their total. Whether that’s £10 or £10,000 – you will be playing your part to beat blood cancer.
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.
- Sponsor the GT day jersey
- Sponsor the GT15 team
- Sponsor the official GT15 coach
- Organise your own 21-mile cycle ride
- Join Geoff and team on Zwift or setup your own Zwift Challenge
- Place a bid in the GT Day auction (dates and items TBC)
- Organise a 21-hour penalty shoot out or 5-a-side tournament
- Organise a summer barbeque
- Offer a car washing service for sponsorship
- Organise a 21-mile walk
- Organise a 21-mile run
- Take part in an organised sky dive or abseil
- Purchase a GT15 jersey or yellow GT Day jersey in our online shop (TBC)
- Take part in a 21-hour sponsored silence
- Organise a static bike challenge at work with each participant riding 21 miles
- Organise a cake bake or coffee morning
- Organise a GT Day Curry night
- Organise a GT Day Quiz night
- Encourage your child’s school to fundraise for GT Day
- Raise £21 towards GT Day
- Wear yellow to work or school (on Friday 3rd July)
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.