Fundraisers tackle cycle challenge in memory of Grantham teenager who died from cancer
Eight months after the tragic death of Amy Beckingham at the age of 19, a team of cyclists are riding from Grantham to the Olympic Stadium in London to raise money for research into her rare liver cancer.
The fundraisers, who hope to reach the centrepiece of the 2012 games in Stratford on Friday, also hope to increase awareness of her condition, fibrolamellar, which is diagnosed in only around 200 people globally every year.
Amy, who attended St Hugh’s School and Grantham College, passed away in October and her family are still coming to terms with her loss.
But mum Sarah Danbury, who lives in Colne Court, says they are determined to help other sufferers by raising money towards a possible cure with a series of fundraising activites. She plans to do a skydive for the cause next year.
Before she waved off the charity cyclists, who included her husband Adrian - Amy’s step-father, Sarah told the Journal: “I think it is absolutely fantastic what they are doing and it is great that the money we raise will stay in this country and go towards research at the Royal Free Hospital in London where she was treated.
“It has been a difficult time for the family because Amy was no age when she died - she would have had her 20th birthday on June 4.”
Around £800 has already been pledged for the cycle. Others taking part are Terry Jonas, who is a neighbour of the Danburys, and family friends Tom Fletcher and Ray Moore.
The party plan to complete the 117-mile challenge in four stages and camping overnight at various locations en route.
Before setting off on the ride, Adrian said: “We are a bit nervous but we’re looking forward to it.
“Amy was a very brave girl and we will be thinking of her when it gets tough.”
It is young people, typically aged 15 to 30, who are diagnosed with fibrolamellar and it is only detected at an advanced stage leaving patients with little hope of surviving it.
To donate to the fundraising cycling effort in memory of Amy and in aid of research into the condition, go online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tom-fletcher6 or www.facebook.com/The-Amy-Louise-Beckingham-Appeal-862960927152974