You might be tempted to laugh at a 6-foot-tall man riding a tiny pink child’s bicycle, and Peter Williams would probably smile right along with you.
The father is currently riding all over England on his late daughter’s bike to raise money for brain tumor research.
His little girl Ellie tragically died at just 7 years old, but she had ridden her bicycle since a young age. “She loved cycling and learned to ride a bike without [training wheels] when she was just 3,” says Peter.
Ellie received the pink bike in question shortly before she died. Three years later, Peter was cleaning up in the garage and saw the miniature vehicle that reminded him so much of his daughter.
“It was a light bulb moment,” he explains. “Ellie would have thought I was a bit bonkers doing it.”
Thus started his mission. Peter set a goal of 200 miles, starting at the hospital where his daughter was treated, and hoped to raise $13,000 for the UK-based Brain Tumour Charity.
“She’d be right behind me doing this challenge,” says Peter. “Ellie would laugh at me riding her bike — and she’ll inspire me every push of the pedals.”
The reaction to Peter’s ride has been huge, and he’s already doubled his fundraising goal. People have even been coming up to him on the street and handing him cold hard cash for the charity.
“We’ve absolutely smashed the target, people have been so generous — and I’m only on the second day of the ride!”
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