We’re deeply saddened that Richard Butterfield has passed away.
Our thoughts and hearts go out to his family and all those who knew him. We are truly grateful to have known Richard.
Following a head and neck cancer diagnosis, 3 surgeries, and 30 rounds of radiotherapy, Richard took on extraordinary challenges through his ‘Ride Over Cancer’: tackling the European Haute Route events – cycling some 52,000 metres of ascent and 1700km in distance, riding the Camino de Santiago, and kayaking Devizes – Westminster, all interspersed with brain surgery, gamma knife treatments and radiotherapy.
In Richard’s own words, “I wanted to give hope to people living with cancer that life isn’t over after treatment, though it can sometimes be a little harder, or a little shorter. I also want to raise awareness of the need to get an early diagnosis – it really could make a difference."
These efforts raised critical awareness and an incredible £30,000 (and counting) for his supported causes: cancer prevention, cancer treatment, and end of life care to give hope to all who face cancer.
Richard's thoughtfulness and extraordinary courage touched the hearts of many and we know that those who had the honour to be in his company, such as the cycling community who had the joy of riding with him, will never forget his kindness and indefatigable spirit.
Thank you, Richard.
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