Family of Neil Vines inspired to set up a charity in his memory

INSPIRATIONAL Neil Vines, centre, with his brother Adam and sister Sarah
INSPIRATIONAL Neil Vines, centre, with his brother Adam and sister Sarah
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The family of Neil Vines have set up a charity in his memory to help young cancer sufferers.

The Neil Vines Trust was set up in memory of Neil, who died of cancer in April this year at the age of 22.

Neil's charity bike ride

Neil's charity bike ride

He was just 19 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Having undergone intensive treatment for eight months, Neil was given the all-clear in April 2013.

Following this news, Neil set himself the goal of learning to walk again, eventually working his way up to being able to run too.

Perhaps the most inspirational part of Neil’s story is that he selflessly raised more than £5,500 for Teenage Cancer Trust by cycling 600 miles while undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Neil’s courageous attitude inspired his brother Adam and his sister Sarah, who are both serving Lieutenants in the Royal Navy, to create The Neil Vines Trust.

And now they want to help other young cancer sufferers to enjoy special weekends away with their families.

Adam, 25, said: ‘It was in Neil’s nature to help others and this was clear in his choice of profession as a personal trainer – he loved helping people realise their potential and achieve their goals.

‘This selfless attitude continued even when he became ill. Whilst we would do absolutely anything to have Neil back with us, the next best thing we can do is to continue his legacy and help other young teenagers and adults living with cancer.’

Their first charity event was an Elvis tribute night held at HMS Excellence, which raised £718.37.

The next fundraising event is a 24-hour static cycle ride in front of the iconic HMS Victory, starting at 2pm on September 4.

Anyone is encouraged to watch or take part and there will be a raffle and games.

Their target is to buy a fully accessible log cabin in a beautiful Cotswolds location, which will be offered to families free of charge to enjoy time spent with their loved ones.

To find out more about Neil’s story visit neilvines.com or to support the charity email info.neilvines22@gmail.com.