Cyclist to ride in honour of Katy

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A cyclist will be riding in honour of brain tumour victim Katy Holmes when she takes on a major challenge this year.

Professor Karen Cox, deputy vice-chancellor from The University of Nottingham, will be joining a team of high profile figures from the university, as they take on the Life Cycle 4 challenge, which will be in support of the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre in Nottingham (CBTRC).

Each cyclist will be riding in honour of a patient who has battled the disease, and Professor Cox has chosen to ride in memory of Katy from Penwortham near Preston, who sadly died from an incurable brain tumour in January 2012.

The Life Cycle route is more than 1,400 miles and takes in the four corners of Great Britain.

The team leave Land’s End on August 14 and ride via Dover and Durness to arrive at John O’Groats on August 30.

Katy’s mum Paula said: “When David and I heard that Professor Karen Cox was taking part in Life Cycle 4 and riding in honour of our 10 year old daughter Katy we were quite simply overwhelmed.

“We feel so incredibly proud to know that somebody from across the country has taken Katy into their hearts and then wanted to do something to help fund much needed children’s brain tumour research.

“Katy was such a lovely child who would have done anything for anyone and she would be over the moon to know that Karen was doing this for her.

“We would like to thank Karen wholeheartedly and we very much look forward to tracking her progress as she embarks on this mammoth challenge.

“We fully appreciate the magnitude of the task she is taking on and we will be gathering as much support for her as possible along the way. Good luck to everyone involved.”

Professor Cox said: “I am honoured to be riding in Katy’s memory.”