Patient’s royal ride for research

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A man who was told to “count his life in months” is turning his passion for cycling into vital funds as he takes on a coronation cycling challenge.

Tim Rayment was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (GBM) in January 2020 and has been inspired by the “once-in-a-lifetime event” of the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla to complete a history-themed challenge to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research.

Setting himself the challenge to cycle 50km along the Basingstoke canal from his home in Farnborough to the historical site of King John’s Castle in Odiham, and back, Tim hopes to have completed the epic ride before the coronation day.

Following his diagnosis, Tim underwent a seven-hour awake craniotomy followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy, which lasted 14 months. A scan in January 2023 confirmed his cancer was stable. He was back on his bike just six months after brain surgery.

Tim said: “I feel lucky my tumour was able to be removed, but science says it will grow back. Now seems the right time to raise some money for Brain Tumour Research, to try and tackle this horrendous disease.”

Tim’s efforts have already raised nearly £12,000 via his JustGiving page. You can donate here.

He added: “I’m not a scientist but I can volunteer and fundraise which is why I decided to support the cause the best way I know how and what better way than embracing a historical moment in one’s life.”

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