London to Cornwall Bike Ride
in memory of Mark Tillson & Sophie Clarke
£30,707.87of £5,000 target
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Four days, 447km, 49 cyclists. We will be cycling from London to Polzeath, Cornwall in memory of two very special people we know would have loved this challenge. Both Mark and Sophie were keen cyclists and loved anything that would get them outside, exploring and enjoying the natural world, especially when accompanied by their family and friends. This bike ride is a celebration of their lives and a few of their favourite pastimes, that will hopefully help change the lives of people going through what Mark and Sophie did by fundraising for The Brain Tumour Charity and The Sophie Clarke Foundation. We greatly appreciate any and all donations. Donations made to The Sophie Clarke Foundation will be divided and donated to The Brain Tumour Charity's Mark Tillson Fund.
Mark & The Brain Tumour Charity
Mark was an amazing, kind, funny, loving, energising and at times, slightly eccentric man with a passion for walking and cycling. He was diagnosed in July 2020 with a Grade IV Glioblastoma, following a seizure on a walk in late June. After having the bulk of the tumour removed and following a series of complications where he spent almost month in hospital; he returned home in September. Mark managed to recover enough to complete 3 weeks of high dosage radiotherapy, but unfortunately the tumour spread rapidly across the surface of his brain and after completing the radiotherapy he started to deteriorate quickly. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at home in December, just 6 months after his diagnosis.
Since his passing his family have focused their energy on raising money for The Brain Tumour Charity. An amazing charity that not only provided them with invaluable support over the last six months, but is also aiming to double survival rates within 10 years through research and development of treatment that currently hasn't changed in 40 years. Mark's family hope is that others fighting this illness in the future, will face better odds than they did.
Sophie & The Foundation
Sophie was an all round talented woman - she was intelligent, athletic, funny, adventurous, artistic and great fun to be around, with hundreds of friends and family around the world who adored her and her company. She was a high achiever with a passion for health and fitness, constantly active and trying new things or looking for next adventure. However, what she hid from even those closest to her was the struggles that eventually led to her taking her own life in October 2020.
The Sophie Clarke Foundation was set up to join the fight against suicide, raise awareness of mental health issues and support the amazing charities that have power to make a real difference, get people talking and trigger much needed change. Through highly inclusive fundraisers we hope to help everyone involved discover new ways of looking after their own mental health, while encouraging people to check on their seemingly strong and happy friends like Sophie, a message that is often overlooked in the mental health conversation.