Tim started fundraising for breast cancer research when he lost his wife Gwyn to the disease in 2011 and has since inspired friends, family and his community to get involved. Read more about his incredible determination to help us reach our 2050 goal.

Keeping Gwyn’s memory alive

In 2004, Tim’s wife Gwyneth found a lump in her breast while breast feeding. It was confirmed that Gwyn had breast cancer and underwent a lumpectomy followed by a mastectomy.

Gwyn’s treatment course continued with chemotherapy and radiotherapy but over the next couple of years Gwyn and Tim were told that Gwyn had the BRCA1 mutation, which led to a second mastectomy of her other breast.

Gwyn sadly passed away in 2011, at the age of 45.

Tim’s fundraising began on the day of Gwyn’s funeral when he asked for friends and family to make donations to breast cancer research.

"It was important that these donations would fund breast cancer research, but more than that, I wanted the money raised to be in her name to keep her memory alive and so people knew how much she was loved."

Tim

Three’s a challenge

Showing an Olympic sized fundraising spirit, in 2012, Tim’s fundraising took an adventurous turn and he participated in the London Triathlon, and then signed up to take part in the RideLondon 100 cycle ride in 2013. Unfortunately, during training he tore an Achilles tendon and had to withdraw. But Tim wasn’t defeated, in 2014 he donned his helmet and cycled from London to Surrey in RideLondon 100.

All together now

Tim’s fundraising inspired friends, family and his community to start fundraising too. In 2011 Tim and Gwyn’s friends held a dinner party in her memory, raising over £2,000 and Gwyn’s church started to hold their annual afternoon tea, so far having raised hundreds of pounds and £154.42 at this year’s afternoon tea in July.

In an extremely touching gesture, Tim’s father asked that instead of presents for his 80th birthday, people donated to Gwyn’s tribute fund instead.

Tim, his family, friends and community have shown an incredible determination to fundraise to change the future and make 2050 the year when no wife, mother, sister, or friend dies from breast cancer.

Now is good

If like Tim, you believe the time is now, sign up today for your free fundraising pack.

You can be part of the generation that stops breast cancer. Every action, big or small, gets us a step closer. We’re the people who can make it happen – so let’s get started, now!

We also have lots of lovely new pink promotional materials we can send you. So please do get in touch with us on 0333 20 70 300 or email community@breastcancernow.org and let us know what you’ve got planned.

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