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Dad takes on cycle challenge in memory of Holly

By Rachel Pishhorn

Holly Locke EMN-150319-114304001
Holly Locke EMN-150319-114304001

A father will be taking on a 650-mile cycle challenge this year in memory of his daughter who died from a brain tumour aged just 22.

Ian Locke, from Market Deeping, was devastated when his daughter Holly died in November, just two weeks after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

It’s been tough, but this is helping to keep us all busy, and the reason we’re doing this is to get Holly’s story out there and raise money for a great cause.
Ian Locke

Following the tragedy, Holly’s close friends and family have joined forces to help raise awareness and funds in Holly’s name for The Brain Tumour Charity.

Holly’s dad, along with Holly’s boyfriend of 10 years, Lee Ruane, 23 from Morton and seven of his friends and three of Ian’s friends will be taking on a seven day cycle challenge in September from Lands’ End to Marshall Meadows, which is on the Scottish border.

Team Tyro are hoping to raise £25,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity in memory of Holly.

Ian said: “The last few months have been hard, it hasn’t got any easier as time has gone on.

“Christmas was Holly’s favourite time of year and it was her birthday at the end of January.

“It’s been tough, but this is helping to keep us all busy, and the reason we’re doing this is to get Holly’s story out there and raise money for a great cause.

“We would love to raise £25,000 to help other people that have been diagnosed with a brain tumour, as there is only a very small percentage of funds available to this charity.”

Holly was diagnosed with a brain tumour in February and was undergoing chemotherapy.

Her treatment was going well but sadly during her last month of chemotherapy in November they found a second type four brain tumour - a rare and aggressive form of cancer - which was inoperable.

Holly was discharged from hospital to spend Christmas and New Year with her close family, but tragically died just two weeks later on November 23.

Ross Flight, 22, from Morton, is one of Lee’s friends who is taking part in the cycle challenge.

He said: “It’s been a terrible time, it was all very sudden. But we are all here to support each other and this charity event helps to give Lee and Ian something to focus on.”

To help Team Tyro raise funds in Holly’s memory please visit the family’s donation page at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/

You can also visit the charity’s website to find out more visit The Holly Locke Fund.


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