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Teacher in fundraising cycle to Amsterdam in memory of friend Sam Yates
5:00pm Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
A PRIMARY school teacher is ready to pile on the pedal power from London to Brussels via Amsterdam to raise money in memory of a brave friend.
As previously reported in The Gazette, Sam Yates passed away on April 4 this year after battling with cystic fibrosis all of her life.
Sam, who lived in Preston Candover, had been on the NHS Organ Donor Register for three years when she succumbed to her illness aged 28.
Tom Green, above, grew up in Preston Candover along with Sam and they both went to The University of Winchester to study teaching.
The 30-year-old said: “I’ve wanted to do something to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust for a while and when Sam passed away, it just made me more determined to do so.”
Tom, who works as a teacher at Chalk Ridge Primary School, Sullivan Road, Brighton Hill, Basingstoke, will be taking on the 3 Cities Cycle Ride at the end of this month.
He hopes to average 100 miles a day as he travels from London to Amsterdam to Brussels between August 28 and September 1.
Tom, a keen cyclist said: “I have been training for it and I know I can cover the distances – but it’s just going to be hard doing it day after day.”
Tom, from Beggarwood, Basingstoke, has the full support of his school, which has helped him to organise various fundraising activities and he has already hit his target of £1,500.
Tom said: “It’s great but I’m really trying to just raise as much money as I possibly can.
“It’s such an important charity, and I also want to raise awareness of the importance of signing up to the organ donor register. People who sign up do save lives.”
To sponsor Tom, visit justgiving.com/Tom-Green6.
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