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Cyclist raises cash in memory of family friend

Mark Beard, from Bicester, who completed the Cambridge 100 in memory of Thomas Laurie PNL-140205-113726001

Mark Beard, from Bicester, who completed the Cambridge 100 in memory of Thomas Laurie PNL-140205-113726001

 

A keen cyclist has raised more than £2,000 for Helen and Douglas House in memory of a family friend.

Mark Beard, of Bicester, completed the Cambridge 100 bike ride on Sunday last week, in memory of Thomas Laurie.

He doubled his initial fundraising target of £1,000, raising over £2,000 with donations from friends, family and his employer Easyjet.

Mark’s daughter, Ella, is a good friend of Ellie Laurie, Tom’s sister.

Mark entered the bike ride before Tom passed away, aged nine, on February 19 this year.

Tom suffered from Cockayne Syndrome, which is a rare degenerative condition.

Mark chose Helen and Douglas House after he heard about the excellent support and care they provided both to Tom and the Laurie family.

Helen and Douglas House provide respite and end of life care for children and young adults with life-shortening conditions, as well as support and advice for the whole family.

Mark first took up cycling three-and-a-half years ago after being forced to give up other forms of exercise due to a previous illness which left him with osteoarthritis and weak bones and never thought he would go on to complete a 100 mile ride.

Mark completed the course in just undersix-and-a-half hours, averaging a speed of just over 15 miles per hour placing him 125 out of 427 participants.

The Thomas Laurie Just Giving page, which details all of the donations so far, can be seen at www.justgiving.com/remember/106604/Thomas%20-Laurie

 

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