Wellesbourne man completes 100-mile challenge in dad's honour - The Leamington Observer

Wellesbourne man completes 100-mile challenge in dad's honour

Maisie Jeynes 15th Jun, 2017   0

MALCOLM Boyd has completed a gruelling 100-mile challenge in memory of his dad.

The Wellesbourne resident has raised nearly £20,000 for Brain Tumour Research and is just over £100 away from being able to sponsor seven days of research for the charity.

Malcolm, who originally hoped to raise enough money to sponsor just one day of research, took part in the Cotswold Way ultra-marathon which also marked the first anniversary of losing his father Arthur.

On crossing the finish line in Bath, Malcolm said: “It was very tough, both physically and mentally, but the emotional aspect helped with the significant physical challenge of the miles on the trail.”

Malcolm started fundraising following his father’s diagnosis last year. Realising there were very few treatment options available, he decided to try and raise money himself to help fund research.

He explained: “I set out to raise £2,740 and have been overwhelmed by the incredible response I’ve received. Thank you to everyone who has donated and supported me.

“When people learnt about the challenge they got behind the cause and I’m now just shy of raising enough to sponsor not one day of research, but seven.”

Carol Robertson, who works for Brain Tumour Research, explained that it costs more than £1million every year to keep their centre going, which works out at roughly £2,740 per day.

The charity is campaigning to see the national spend on research into brain tumours increased to some £35 million a year, in line with breast cancer and leukaemia.

Carol said: “We are hugely grateful to Malcolm for choosing to support us and taking on this amazing challenge, and to the many individuals and businesses who have sponsored him.”

Visit 100milesfordad.com to find out more about Malcolm’s story or justgiving.com/fundraising/100milesfordad to sponsor him directly.

Visit braintumourresearch.org for further information on Brain Tumour Research.


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