A fanatical collector has taken on a massive ‘T -Shirt Challenge’ to raise money for cancer research.
Tom Abram, of Chester Avenue, Cleveleys, has vowed to wear a different T-shirt every day for as many days as possible to honour the memory of his mother, who lost her life to the devastating disease in September at the age of 80.
Tom, 46, said: “Everybody you speak to has been affected by cancer in one way or another. There’s not many people you speak to who have not been affected in some way.”
“One man donated £100 because his mum has terminal cancer.”
He has raised over £1,600 on his JustGiving page so far - and says he will not stop until he has completely exhausted his extensive collection of T-shirts.
“I used to buy T-shirts just because I liked them –then I realised I had no more room in my wardrobe for anything else!” he said, adding that his love of T-shirts had become an inside joke among his friends.
“I’m going to keep going until I have no more T-shirts left. I’ve already worn over a hundred. I’ve probably got about 30 or 40 to go.”
Mr Abram says he hopes his efforts will help towards doctors finally finding a cure for cancer.
The debilitating disease claims more than 160,000 lives across the UK each year, with Blackpool ranking among the top 20 worst towns for cancer-related deaths.
Mr Abram’s mother, Gladys, suffered from cancer of the lymph nodes. She died just days after he hit his 75-shirt mark.
“I hope that I would be making her proud,” he said.
Go to https://www.justgiving.com/Tom-Abram