Nine-year-old cancer survivor is special guest at charity cycle ride

Emma Billingham

A young cancer survivor welcomed charity cyclists across the finishing line after a 206-mile fundraising ride organised by Vision Express.

Tom Ellington, nine, lost his right eye following treatment for retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer when he was two years old.

Tom, who attends Cookham Dean Primary School, was invited to be special guest at the Vision Express Ride4Sight event on September 16. 

His dad Ian, who is chairman of trustees of Childhood Eye Cancer Trust that was the beneficiary of the cycle ride, also took part in the Newport to Nottingham event.

The Church Road resident, said: “It was a long way! But I was thinking that this is a charity close to my heart and I’m riding with about 40 other people who are giving their time and effort to raise money for something they don’t have as close a connection to, and I am very grateful to those people.

“Tom got to meet some sporting heroes which was great for him, and welcomed riders over the line as well as cutting the cake as a celebration for the ride to be finished.”

The event raised more than £23,000 to help families effected by childhood eye cancer.

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