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Matt, a former Caister High School and East Norfolk Sixth Form College student, and his friend Anthony King will be travelling round the world in memory of Matt’s friend Tony Young, a London-based teacher who died in June 2010.
By Sam Russell
Saturday, June 30, 2012
A NORFOLK teacher is pedalling to New Zealand with the ashes of his best friend who lost his fight against brain cancer.
Matt Andrews, who grew up in Caister, has quit his job to complete the journey in memory of former colleague Tony Young, who died in June 2010 aged 41.
Tony was born in New Zealand, and had been planning to cycle from London to his homeland after the London 2012 Olympics.
So 26-year-old Matt decided to complete the journey in his honour and raise cash for the Brain Tumour UK charity.
The pair taught at the same north London school, and former Caister High School pupil Matt says Tony left a lasting impression on him.
“On school trips around the world, he gained the respect of students and teachers alike,” he said. “He was a witty and unique individual.
“Throughout his time in hospital and during his treatment he maintained his fantastic personality and dignity.
“His method of coping with such a disease was not only testament to his strength of character but it also set an example to the students, staff and parents around him.”
Tony was diagnosed with a brain tumour in February 2010 and continued to work part time during his treatment.
Matt, who went to East Norfolk Sixth Form College, hopes to raise more than £15,000 by completing the 20,000 mile round-the-world trek with university friend Anthony King.
They plan to set off in September on a route crossing Europe, North America, New Zealand, Australia and Asia, hoping to arrive back in the UK in late 2013.
They will be scattering Tony’s ashes along the way.
“It’s going to be a difficult trip but Tony’s inspiration will certainly help us on our way,” added Matt.
Jenny Baker, chief executive of Brain Tumour UK, said: “This epic cycle journey is a moving tribute to a much beloved friend and teacher.
“Having lost my son to a brain tumour, I understand what friends and family go through when they lose someone they love to a brain tumour. We wish the boys all the best on their journey and want to thank them for helping to raise funds and much-needed awareness of the devastating consequences of this disease.”
Any businesses or organisations who would like to support Matt and Anthony’s cycle ride can visit www.travellingyoung.co.uk
A link to sponsor the pair is also on the website, and you can follow their adventure on Twitter @travellingyoung.