Grandfather takes on epic cycle challenge for granddaughter

Trevor White at the finish line with his granddaughter Sharon and her guide dog Indy PNL-160108-125441001

Trevor White at the finish line with his granddaughter Sharon and her guide dog Indy PNL-160108-125441001

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A grandfather has completed an epic cycling challenge for charity after his granddaughter lost her sight when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Trevor White, 62, from Aylesbury, took part in the Prudential RideLondon 100 on Sunday July 31 to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.

Mr White was inspired to take part as his granddaughter Shannon Moore, 19, was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of nine.

Shannon underwent surgery to remove the rare craniopharyngioma and has endured numerous follow up operations plus treatments including radiotherapy and hormone replacement.

Now at university in Portsmouth, she is registered blind and relies on her guide dog Indy to help her get about.

Mr White, from Ingram Avenue, Aylesbury, said: “I’ve never done anything like this event before and I knew it was going to be hard.

“But when I think about what Shannon has been through I knew I could do it.

“I also want to raise awareness of brain tumours.

“Despite the challenges which Shannon faces every day, in many ways she is fortunate.

“I am dedicating my ride to Shannon and to all those families who have been affected by brain tumours.”

During training for Sunday’s event, Mr White lost nearly a stone in weight and clocked up 450 miles on his bike.

Among those who lined the route to cheer him on was Shannon, Mr White’s wife Lorraine and their daughter Paula.

So far Mr White has raised more than £1,200 for the charity, smashing his original £500 target.

Hugh Adams, head of external affairs at Brain Tumour Research said: “We are enormously grateful to Trevor and congratulate him for taking on RideLondon for Brain Tumour Research.

“The whole family are great supporters of ours and work tirelessly to raise awareness and funding in the hope that together we will find a cure.”

To donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Chalky-White1.

Brain Tumour Research is a charity that funds research into brain tumours, which kill more adults and children under the age of 40 than any other cancer.

To find out more about the charity visit www.braintumourresearch.org.