The dad of a young sportswoman who fought a brave battle with cancer is preparing to motorcycle around 1,000 lochs in 10 days in her memory.
Philip Rossall, from Thornton, hopes to raise thousands for Clic Sargeant children’s cancer charity in memory of his late daughter Kim.
The 21-year-old died in August 2012, having launched Blackpool’s Race For Life fundraiser just weeks earlier and inspired friends and family to raise thousands for charity.
Her dad was also inspired, last year setting out on a 3,600 mile motorcycle around the UK’s coastline on a two-week tour to raise £3,300 for the Young Oncology Unit at The Christie, Manchester, where Kim was treated.
Now he and two friends are preparing to motorcycle around 2,000 miles across Scotland, visiting hundreds of lochs, setting off tomorrow.
He said: “It was gruelling last year but I enjoyed it and it was so lovely up in Scotland, truly beautiful.
“Kim would have loved it.”
The keen netball player was first diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in her right leg when she was 18 but despite extensive treatment it was tragically found to be incurable. She had set out to complete a bucket list which her family, including mum Elaine and sister Cassie, hope to complete in her memory.
The trio, including Mr Rossall, 53, on a Honda 700, and Tom Ross, 55, and Dave Lane, 53, on a Royal Enfield and a Grinnall Scorpion, are being supported by North West Honda, Blackpool.
Mr Rossall said: “Clic Sargeant did a lot for Kim, they provide a social worker at The Christie and help with grants to cover costs of fuel and they do bereavement breaks.
“It’s brilliant to think we can do something to help other people, it puts a smile back on your face.”
Despite being desperately ill with a rare form of cancer, Kim Rossall still managed to be an ambassador for a number of cancer related projects. She was not only the face of Blackpool’s Race For Life in 2012, she also completed the course herself, as well as inspiring her team-mates at netball and children at her old schools to raise money for charity. Kim also worked with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to spearhead a poster campaign encouraging people to talk about their dying wishes.
To donate, visit: justgiving.com/KimRossall