Teenager Tom’s busy raising money in his mum’s memory

Tom Ingram

Tom Ingram

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Determined Tom Ingram, 18, has been fundraising for charity since his mum died five years ago.

And this year he will be cycling more than 240 miles to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Tom first started raising money when he was 13 and managed to raise £3,500 with his first event.

‘Our first fundraiser was held in 2008 at the Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway,’ says Tom.

‘We raised over £3,500 for The Rocky Appeal charity, which was chosen as a way of saying a big thank you to those at the hospital who had cared for my mum while she was ill.

‘After the first event we launched a charity events group called The Karen Ingram Cancer Trust in my mum’s honour and since then we have raised thousands of pounds for a variety of different charities by hosting various fundraisers in mum’s memory.’

Tom and his family recently lost another member of their family to cancer and this kickstarted the The Cure 4 Cancer Cycle.

Tom adds: ‘Myself, a few friends and family are riding from Portsmouth to Lands End, split across four days, to help raise money for charity and also riding for our loved ones who have either suffered or passed away from cancer.

‘The event will be funding a unique cancer research laboratory to be based in Hampshire.’

To make a donation, visit Tom’s Just Giving page at justgiving.com/Cancer-Cycle

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