Cancer survivor, Olly Rofix, 30, sets off on mountains and miles challenge
A cancer survivor, whose charity challenges have included circumnavigating the UK in an 18ft sailing boat, is today setting off on his latest fundraising escapade.
After beating an extremely rare form of leukaemia, Olly Rofix has made it his mission to encourage other sufferers to focus on a goal and achieve the seemingly impossible.
His latest adventure will take him from Lands End to John O’Groats on a 1952 Nuffield tractor, carrying a garden shed – his home for the trip.
Not satisfied with the challenge of making the journey on a vehicle with an average speed of 14mph, Olly also plans to climb the UK’s tallest mountains along the way.
The 30-year-old, from Clopton, near Woodbridge, will be towed to the start point from Kesgrave and is feeling good about the trip.
He said: “There have been a few last-minute panics – as is normal – but so far, so good.
“I want to raise £2,000. I’m trying to cover 1,000 miles – £2 a mile is a fairly achievable figure.”
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Olly was told he had cancer on September 9, 2005. He spent the beginning of his 21st year in a hospital bed, undergoing intensive chemotherapy and blood transfusions before a bone marrow transplant.
He has plans to circumnavigate the UK in 20 days on a small rigid inflatable boat next year, before travelling to the furthest reaches of Russia and back in a rebuilt Jeep in 2017.
His latest challenge includes the Three Peaks Challenge – climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.
He said: “The summer before I was diagnosed, I was training to do the Three Peaks Challenge. Next Wednesday is my 10 years post-diagnosis. I have got a photo of me in A&E when I was diagnosed. I thought it would be great to be standing on the top of Snowdon at the same time 10 years on.”
Olly says the challenges he sets himself have been an important part of life since his days in hospital.
“What I have learnt from being ill is that setting goals is very important and achieving those goals is almost as important as having one in the first place,” he said.
“The tractor with the trailer and the garden shed – I know people will follow that because it’s quirky and it makes people laugh.
“I’m hoping to use this as a launch for my 10 years post-transplant next year, and I’m hoping to find sponsorship to get round Britain in a rib speedboat.”
Engineer Olly has received huge support from his employer, agricultural machinery specialist P Tuckwell. Agroco Trailers sponsored the trailer for his last tractor challenge, while Trucks R Us has donated a van to tow the tractor, trailer and shed to the start point.
Olly will be raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
To find out more about his challenges, visit olivers-travels.co.uk