Burgess Hill student to cycle in memory of friend who died of tumour

Tom Andrew and his dad, Mark
Tom Andrew and his dad, Mark

A Burgess Hill student is cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in memory of a fellow student who died of a brain tumour.

Tom Andrew, 14, who goes to Oakmeeds Community College, is riding for The Emily Ash Trust, a charity run by the family of his friend Adam Green who was diagnosed with a tumour aged twelve and died three years later in 2012.

Tom said: “Adam was a popular, fun loving boy and an inspiration to us all. After a three year fight, Adam sadly lost his battle with cancer.”

He will take on the cycle with dad, Mark, who says he is ‘apprehensive and excited’.

Tom continued: “I have been interested in cycling for the last six years.

“When I was nine I cycled 70 miles around the Isle of Wight, aged 12 I cycled up Mont Vontoux, the infamous climb of the Tour De France and last year I completed my longest ride, 132 miles in a day.

“This year, my aim is to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats. On the 28th July my Dad and I will be setting off from Land’s End in Cornwall and cycling a thousand miles to John O’Groats in Scotland over ten days for charity.”

The charity aims to improve quality of life for young people and their families facing leukaemia and cancer.

“Please help us to support The Emily Ash Trust and do what you can to sponsor us on our ride,” Tom added.

“Thank you for all your support.”

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Mark-Andrews11