Cy­cle ride’s char­ity boost

TfL worker or­gan­ises fundraiser in trib­ute to sick col­league

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By

AN ICK­EN­HAM tube worker raised thou­sands of pounds with a TfLthemed cy­cle ride.

Dean Brown, an ad­vanced train main­tainer on the Dis­trict Line, wanted to raise money to help fund re­search for brain tu­mour cures af­ter his friend and col­league was di­ag­nosed.

Mr Brown said: “My col­league, Steve Lloyd, was pro­gres­sively get­ting ill so he had to be med­i­cally re­tired. I or­gan­ised a col­lec­tion for his leav­ing do and we raised £6,500.

“I thought now we’ve raised money for him we need to raise money for the char­ity, so I sat down and started think­ing of ideas. I come up with a char­ity bike ride, but mak­ing it a Lon­don theme us­ing the Boris bikes.

“I’ve known Steve for a num­ber of years, he is a top guy. I came up with the idea for this event as a way we could all show him and his fam­ily how much sup­port they have and to raise as much as we could for this very wor­thy cause.”

The Trans­port for Lon­don col­leagues tak­ing part on San­tander Cy­cles chose the Dis­trict Line, cov­er­ing 74 miles and 61 sta­tions, as this was Steve’s daily com­mute be­fore he took re­tire­ment in Jan­uary, in or­der to spend as much time as pos­si­ble with his fam­ily.

Steve’s wife An­gela joined the riders for the last leg of the chal­lenge.

The cou­ple have two daugh­ters – Bethany, 12, and Chloe, 10, and this sum­mer they were given the news that Steve, 39, has just months to live.

His ag­gres­sive glioblas­toma mul­ti­forme (GBM) brain tu­mour was first di­ag­nosed in 2008.

An­gela said: “We have been so touched by the sup­port and good wishes we have re­ceived. This event has turned out to be much big­ger than we could have wished for and we would like to thank ev­ery­one who has made a do­na­tion to this very im­por­tant cause.

“We are de­ter­mined to do all we can to con­tinue to raise aware­ness and to help raise more funds for re­search. I am so an­gry that this hor­ri­ble can­cer af­fects so many young peo­ple, yet there is so lit­tle in­vest­ment. Where are the cures, the break­throughs, the progress which could give us just a lit­tle pre­cious time? Even if we can help just one per­son and their fam­ily it will be worth­while.”

Mr Brown, who cy­cled in the event as well as or­gan­is­ing it, had hoped to raise enough money for a week’s worth of re­search.

It costs £2,740 for the char­ity, Brain Tu­mour Re­search, to re­search a cure for one day, so they were hop­ing to hit the £10,000 mark.

Speak­ing on rais­ing £20,000, Mr Brown said: “It felt amaz­ing. It still hasn’t re­ally sunk in. Our aim was £10,000 but to sur­pass that is just un­be­liev­able.”

Mr Lloyd, who is a West Ham fan, waited at the fin­ish line,line at Tow­erTo er Hill on Sun­day, Au­gust 23, and was joined by full­back Carl Jenk­in­son to cheer the cy­clists home.

Carl said: “I first met Steve and his beau­ti­ful fam­i­lyfa at the game on Satur­day. Since hear­ing his story, I am de­ter­mined to do all I canca to sup­port Brain Tu­mourT Re­search and I feelfe priv­i­leged to be part ofo this great event.”

Funds are still com­ing in and £20,000 has al­readya been raised. The money will help to fund vi­talvi re­search at four BrainB Tu­mour Re­search Cen­tresC of Ex­cel­lence, in­cludin­gin one at Queen Mary Univer­sity of Lon­don.

Sci­en­tists there are in­ves­ti­gat­ing how GBM brain tu­mours like Steve’s de­velop in or­der to achieve bet­ter out­comes for pa­tients.

Hugh Adams, head of ex­ter­nal af­fairs at Brain Tu­mour Re­search, said: “This has been such a great and in­no­va­tive way of fundrais­ing and a tes­ta­ment to Steve that so many peo­ple have felt moved to make do­na­tions and that his col­leagues have worked so hard to make this hap­pen.”

Text DLCC15 £3 to 70070 to do­nate £3 to fund vi­tal brain tu­mour re­search or visit http:// u k . v i rg i n mo n e yg i v i n g . com/Some­one­Spe­cial/ District­linechar­ity cy­clechal­lenge.

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