Beckenham man completes 100-mile bike ride for friend killed by brain tumour
PUBLISHED: 10:10 07 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:10 07 August 2017
Michael Botting's friend Tom Hill passed away aged 31 of a tumour, three weeks after getting married
A Beckenham man has completed a cycle challenge in memory of a friend who passed away from a brain tumour.
Michael Botting, 32, was inspired to compete in the 100-mile ride - RideLondon-Surrey - following the death of his friend Tom Hill earlier this year.
Mr Hill was only 31-year-old and passed away from a brain tumour just three months after getting married.
Raising nearly £2,000 for charity Brain Tumour Research, Mr Botting was among 24 cyclists supporting the charity in the ride.
Over 25,000 riders turned out fot the RideLondon-Surrey 100 mile sportive, which set off from the QUeen Elizabeth Olympic Park on July 30, before heading through the capital and out into Surrey countryside, then returning to the finish on The Mall.
Mr Botting, said: “Tom was a great guy and we even shared the same birthday. It’s awful to think of how he was in the prime of his life and was taken away before he could fully enjoy married life and being a dad.
“I feel privileged that I got to ride in his memory and hope my efforts will help raise awareness of this terrible disease. It’s sad that brain tumours can affect anyone at any time, but no-one knows what causes them.”
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer but just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocaed to this disease.
The charity is working to fund a network of seven research centres whilse challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest mmore in brain tumour research.
Janice Wright, community fundraising manager for Brain Tumour Research in London, said: “For too long, brain tumours have been a neglected cancer. Stories like Tom’s remind us all that we cannot allow this desperate situation to continue.
“We are extremely grateful to Michael and all our riders for their support and congradulate them on an amazing achievement.”
To make a donation to Brain Tumour Research via Michael’s JustGiving page, go to http://www.justgiving.com/Michael-Botting1