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Horley family and friends' charity fundraising tribute
2:47pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Local News
A Horley family and their friends saddled up to cycle from London to the coast in a fundraising tribute to a late “truly inspirational” friend.
Toby Seaman, his wife Selina and son Charlie, joined by a group of friends and colleagues, took to their bikes in memory of their friend, Graham Dunn.
Graham was Toby's boss while he worked on an IT project at the Home Office.
Graham played a pivotal role as the programme manager who delivered a confidential national police infrastructure project, known as IAM, which enabled the Police National Database (PND) to operate.
Before that, Graham had had a long and distinguished career in the RAF, achieving the rank of Squadron Leader.
Toby said: “Graham was one of those people who was a pleasure to work with - a charismatic leader who effortlessly commanded the respect of his team.”
He said: “Sadly, he passed away this summer after a long battle with cancer. “Throughout, to everyone’s amazement, Graham was brave, optimistic, and kept on going to work. “He successfully delivered the crucial law enforcement project he had started.”
And in his memory, Toby, along with his wife and son, and eight former colleagues from Graham's team at the Home Office, completed a sponsored cycle ride from London to Brighton.
Toby said: “It was a challenging ride with lots of hills, culminating in an ascent of Ditchling Beacon, but something the team wanted to do to honour Graham's memory.”
So far, the group's ride from Clapham Common to Brighton Pier has raised more than £2,000 in sponsorship.
The proceeds are being donated to the Dimbleby Cancer Care charity, who offer care and support to people affected by cancer – the patients, their families and carers.
Anyone who would like to support Toby and his team's fundraising can do so online at: http://www.justgiving.com/Michelle-Cowan2 Dimbleby Cancer Care was set up following the death of renowned broadcaster Richard Dimbleby in 1965. The charity has a long-established relationship at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London, working in partnership with the NHS. The Dimbleby Cancer Care Information and Support Services offer practical and psychological support, as well as complementary therapies, to patients and their carers. The charity has recently endowed £2 million to the new KHP Cancer Centre at Guy’s, due for completion in 2016.
The endowment secures the continuation of the support services into the future. On a national level, the Dimbleby Cancer Care Research Fund awards up to £300,000 per year in funding to research projects looking at all aspects of cancer care. Website: http://www.dimblebycancercare.org