As Warehouse & Logistics News readers will know, we lost our colleague John Chalkwright, known as Chalky to everyone in the materials handling and publishing industries, to pancreatic cancer just before Christmas.

Now John’s sons Robert and Stuart are looking for Chalky’s many friends in the business world to sponsor them this summer as they and five others join forces as ‘Team Chalkwright’ to take part in the Nightrider 100km cycle ride around London over the weekend of 9-10 June, to raise money for a Cancer Research project looking into pancreatic cancer.

“Little is known about this particular cancer,” says Robert. “Sadly, the disease is difficult to treat and survival rates are very low. It is also the only cancer that has not seen an improvement in its survival rate figures over the last 40 years. Dad touched so many people with his passion for life, and always had a joke to tell. We hope everyone reading this will sponsor us to help further sufferers and not allow them to go through the pain Chalky went through.”

Nightrider is a proven way for people to raise funds for their chosen charity while exploring London by bicycle at night. Robert and Stuart will be following a circular route past over 50 of London’s most famous landmarks. Incidentally, the route starts at Alexandra Palace where, had John been well enough last December, he would have watched the World Darts Championships with his colleagues from Warehouse & Logistics News on their Christmas outing.

We’ll be bringing you more news about ‘Team Chalkwright’ as they prepare for the Nightrider event over the next few months. In the meantime, Robert and Stuart have started raising money online through the Justgiving website, where Robert has created a page.

As Robert told WLN, “The bike ride will be a big challenge for all of us, as none of the team are that fit. A lot of training will be taking place between now and June.” Chalky would be very proud of them. So go on – give Team Chalkwright your support! Make a donation and leave a message of encouragement at You can also donate by texting TEAM47 followed by the amount ie £3, £5, or £10 to 70070.

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