Determined Tom cycles more than 200 miles to raise cash

Tom Ingram
Tom Ingram
Hampshire police's marine unit

Revealed: Hampshire police set to axe 160 jobs in bid to save £7m

Have your say

Triumphant Tom Ingram has been fundraising for charity since his mum died five years ago.

And, after completing this year’s challenge, he says he’s never felt better.

The 18-year-old cycled 250 miles in memory of his mum, Karen, who passed away from cancer.

Along with a group of friends, he cycled from Portsmouth to Lands End.

The event took four days and they ended up doing an extra 10 miles.

He says: ‘This is the fifth year I’ve held a charity event and amazingly, we raised more than £1,700 for Cancer Research UK.

‘The weekend was great. We somehow managed to do another 10 miles than previously planned but it was still all worth it in the end.’

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 QA hospital who had cared for my mum.

‘After the first event we launched a charity events group called The Karen Ingram Cancer Trust in my mum’s honour.’

Tom and his family recently lost another member of their family to cancer and this kickstarted his latest event. To make a donation visit