Son cycles to Germany for Euro 2024 in dad’s memory

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An Edinburgh man is currently on an epic bike ride to watch Scotland at the European Championships in Germany in memory of his dad who died from a brain tumour.

Alan Thompson, 71, from Edinburgh, died in November 2023 just 11 weeks after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma (GBM), following problems with his right leg.

His son, Alex Schweitzer-Thompson, 40, and a dozen Scottish football fans set off from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh last Friday (14th June) for a 327-mile cycle to Cologne, to arrive on Wednesday (19th June) just in time for Scotland’s clash with Switzerland. They are aiming to raise £10,000 for Brain Tumour Research.

Alan, who was still playing five-a-side football twice a week when he was diagnosed, was said to be “in the prime of his life”.

Dad-of-two Alex said: "Dad was such a fit and healthy person, so his diagnosis was devastating. Having planned to go to Germany with him, I thought the best way to preserve his memory would be to travel there with others who held him dear and to take on a challenge that will help raise funds towards research into a horrible disease that affects so many families."

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