916 miles in the saddle – courageous youngster inspires dad to cycle Britain

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INSPIRATIONAL Emma Cameron has inspired her dad to cycle Britain in her memory – covering 916 miles and raising an incredible £23,000.

Alan Cameron, Stephen Griffiths and Stephen Marshall cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The team has raised more than £23,000 for the Emma Cameron Foundation.

Alan’s daughter Emma sadly passed away on April 1 last year, just three weeks before her 12th birthday, following a courageous battle with cancer.

The money raised will fund a ground-breaking ‘overnight sitting’ service, with children’s charity CHAS and hospitals, such as Yorkhill.

It will give overnight support to families of terminally-ill children who are being nursed at home.

Alan cared for Emma during her last days and was determined to fund the new service.

The 46-year-old said: “I was surprised when Emma was ill and there was no formal facility to offer care for her.

“Nursing staff from Yorkhill Hospital would come in very informally. If they were quiet, outreach staff would be able to spend a few hours. We were relying on their goodwill.

“Having a service is the difference between the last few days being tiring and stressful to them being tiring and stressful, but with the opportunity to have a bit of enjoyment and to value those memories.”

Alan added: “We’re given a commitment towards the service for three years, with one year of funding in place.”

Emma was only 10-years-old when she was given the devastating news that she had bone cancer in her leg.

Chemotherapy treatment did not work and the youngster had to have her leg amputated above the knee to remove the tumour.

Tragically, months later, an X-ray revealed there were tumours on Emma’s lung.

Her family, including sister Rachel (16), set up the Emma Cameron Foundation to raise money for charities, including those that helped her during her battle.

Alan and his friends completed the gruelling marathon cycle over nine days. They were joined for a 109-mile stretch between Loch Lomond and Invergarry by friend Robin MacLellan.

Alan admits it was tough, but thinking of Emma encouraged him.

Alan said: “There was a climb we did during the cycle and I remembered when Emma got her prosthetic leg and it took her a day or two to feel comfortable wearing it.

“I tried to encourage her and put on the Wii Fit game. Within half an hour she was walking to her grandmother’s house.”

The team is grateful for all the support they received, from Solid Rock Cycles and Skinny Tyres, and everyone who donated money.

The foundation is holding a number of fundraising events, including a dinner and ceilidh at Oran Mor in Glasgow on September 7.

For more information visit www.emmacameronfoundation.org.uk

To sponsor Alan and his team visit www.justgiving.com/Alan-Cameron

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