dad riding daughter's bicycle to Land's End in her memory
Peter Williams is riding his daughter's bicycle on a 211-mile ride
from Bristol to Land's End in memory of her, passing through the
daughter, Ellie, died of a rare form of brain cancer in 2015, at
the age of seven.
loved cycling and learned to ride a bike without stabilisers when
she was just three," says Peter.
never forget how happy and proud she looked of herself nearly
as proud as I was!"
died from an incurable, highly aggressive Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine
Glioma (DIPG) in 2015, six months after she was diagnosed.
is raising money towards research on brain cancer. He has already
passed his £10,000 target for The Brain Tumour Charity and
has raised over £20,000 so far.
who loved tennis and gymnastics, was diagnosed during a half-term
break in London in October 2014.
before their trip, he and Kaz noticed Ellies right eye was
looking "a bit strange." It sometimes looked boss-eyed
and pointed inwards a little.
first, we put it down to her just being silly and pulling funny
faces like kids do," he adds. "Wed also noticed
that she would occasionally stumble."
her eye was still turning inwards during their break, they took
her to be checked over at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
said that her eyes were fine and she should have an urgent MRI scan,"
said Peter. "We went straight to Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge."
found out about Ellie's brain tumour and she was immediately sent
to Bristol Childrens Hospital.
tumour was inoperable because it was in her brain stem and they
told us she had six-12 months to live. "Our world was turned
upside down," he says.
died in her parents arms at Little Harbour childrens
hospice in St Austell, Cornwall on April 4th, 2015 - just six months
after being diagnosed.
left Bristol's Children's Hospital at 10am on Friday (21st September),
as pictured below.
is currently riding through Somerset, including the Burnham-On-Sea
area, Devon and Cornwall, aiming to reach Land's End by Friday 28th
by daughter Ellies love for cycling, Peter says he has been
"overwhelmed" by peoples support.
been such a painful time and we couldnt have got through our
loss without our family and friends."
research into brain tumours is vital and if I can help save just
one family from our heartache, then its worth it."
His bike ride has already taken him from Bristol through to Axbridge
and through the villages of Mark and East Huntspill.
added: "Ellie would laugh at me riding her bike and
shell inspire me every push of the pedals."
wife, Kaz Williams, adds: "I thought Peter was a bit bonkers
when he first mentioned the idea!"
its a really touching way to remember Ellie and bring something
positive out of losing her by raising money for a cause so close
to our hearts."
and I are very proud of him and I know Ellie would be proud of her
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