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’Actuaries to zombies’ cycling team set to roll

Five actuaries are cycling from London to Paris to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign. Andy Cox, Adrian Feasby and Mark Ames of Legal & General, Terry Webster of JLT and Wendy Crockford of Alico will be setting off on 9 September to ride almost 300 miles over four days.

Andy has been trying to persuade Wendy to take up the challenge for some time. When she found out that she could raise money for the Royal Marsden, where her nephew Cameron is being treated for cancer, she decided to go for it. Andy went on to recruit three more for the ‘actuaries to zombies’ team, the name providing an excuse to don funky London A-Z cycling tops.

Cameron is nine months into two years of treatment at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton. “I found out that my sister’s 2-year-old son was seriously ill in hospital on the day I was presented with my fellowship certificate. Soon afterwards, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins T-Cell Lymphoma.”

The team is aiming to raise £10 000 for the hospital, which has over 40 000 patients a year. The money raised will help to improve patients’ survival rates using new drug therapies, better equipment and facilities and specially-trained nurses.

The actuaries to zombies team members have not yet managed to train in the same place at the same time, so thanks go to Andy’s brother Nick, who digitally assembled the team en masse in the countryside, rather than where some of the photos were actually taken — outside a pub in London!

If you would like to sponsor actuaries to zombies, please visit the team’s fundraising site at http://www.justgiving.com/actuaries_to_zombies/ or contact Andy at andy.cox@landg.com