Four cyclists have ridden to London and back to raise money in memory of a Grantham teenager who died of a rare cancer.
The riders have so far raised about £1,000 in memory of Amy Beckingham who died of fibrolamellar which is diagnosed in only about 200 people throughout the world every year.
Amy’s step-father Adrian Danbury was joined by Terry Jonas and two friends from Ollerton, Tom Fletcher and Ryan Moore.
Last week they cycled from Grantham to the Olympic Stadium in London and back in four days.
When they arrived back in Grantham Adrian told the Journal: “I am just overwhelmed. It was such a challenge. We stuck to the B roads and then took the A10 to the stadium which is not to be recommended!
“We are very proud of what we have achieved. This has raised money for research into fibrolamellar and for Cancer Research.”
Adrian, of Colne Court, said the ride went quite smoothly apart from two punctures and his chain coming off. During the trip they camped at Fairy Meadows in Peterobough, which they thanks for their hospitality, and were also put up by helpers during the ride.
Adrian added: “People have been brilliant. They have waved us on and tooted their horns. The support and kindness we have had has been unbelievable.”
When the cyclists left Grantham last week they were waved off by Amy’s mum Sarah. She said: “I think it is absolutely fantastic what they are doing and it is great that the money they are raising will go towards research at the Royal Free Hospital where Amy was treated.”
Amy passed away in October. She was a former student at West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s and Grantham College.
Fibrolammelar is a rare form of liver cancer which mainly affects young people between the ages of 15 and 30. It is only detected at an advanced stage leaving little hope of survival.