Tom was initially diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in his teenage years. After a long battle with the disease, he died at the end of 2015 at the age of 29.
Last year Tom’s cousin, Lee Goddard, and a group of friends managed to raise over £3,000 in memory of Lee’s brother who died of cancer in February 2015 aged 42.
The group completed the 100 mile South Downs Way in just two days, and with over 12,000ft of gruelling hills to conquer between Winchester and Eastbourne, this is a mean challenge in itself.
However, this year the group decided that, in honour of Tom, they’d kick it up a notch by completing the 100 mile journey in just 24 hours, raising over £4,000 to be split equally between CLIC Sargent and Bone Cancer Trust, at Tom’s request.
An incredible individual
Lee said: “Tom was an incredible individual who touched the hearts of everyone he met. He was strong, brave and would never feel sorry for himself despite everything he was going through.
“A true inspiration to so many, he fought long and hard but kept smiling and laughing to the end, always putting on a brave face to his friends and family.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Charlie Straker said: “Not only did they complete the challenge within the 24 hours, but they have also absolutely smashed their initial target of £2,000!
“We are so thankful to everyone for the hard work that has gone into this challenge, and to all who have donated in memory of Tom.
“The money you have raised so far will go a great way in helping us to support more children and young people with cancer.”