Liverpool Dad completes 19 stone ‘Tyre Flip Challenge’ in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust

DARREN Cowley from Huyton took on the challenge to thank the charity for helping his son Jake whilst he was going through treatment at Clatterbridge Hospital.

It took Darren 3 hours of continuous flipping to move the 19 stone (120kg) tractor tyre through Croxteth Park, covering an incredible distance of one and three-quarter miles. Onlookers were impressed by the sheer determination of Darren as he proudly completed his challenge without stopping. Darren has raised just under one thousand pounds and is keen to taken on another tyre flip challenge later in the year. If you would like to support Darren you can donate to his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/darren-cowley1

Darren said: “I completed the Tyre Flip to raise funds to for Teenage Cancer Trust who are supporting my Son Jake whilst in Clatterbridge hospital. This is a very hard and worrying time not only in Jake’s life but also for the whole family. In what seemed our darkest hour the special people that are Teenage Cancer Trust have been a god send in support of my precious son Jake and our whole family. When our family was in need Teenage Cancer Trust were there!

“The fact that they are a charity and rely totally upon fundraising is amazing ! What they have done for my son and our family at this tough time is humbling and I felt it my duty to try to raise funds support and give something back to these special people!

“Being honest the tyre flip was hard! I completed five back to back flips, then rested around 10 seconds so as to keep the efforts short and rests regular. The first two and a bit hours I felt surprisingly comfortable, however the last 40/45 minutes it felt heavier and got harder with each flip. Somehow, I managed to keep it together and get over the line, and completed the distance in just under three hours. I’m proud on behalf of my family that I could support Teenage Cancer Trust so they can carry on giving their specialist support to other family’s the same they have given to ours.”

Emma Cross, North West Regional Fundraiser at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We are really delighted that Darren chose to support Teenage Cancer Trust with this impressive challenge. As a charity we rely on voluntary donations and the support of the local community through events like these. Every penny raised will help us to support teenagers and young adults facing a diagnosis of cancer. There is, however, still much more to do and for every young person we help, there is another we can’t, which is why we are so very grateful to have the support of Darren and his family.”

Teenage Cancer Trust makes sure the seven young people aged 13 to 24 diagnosed with cancer every day don’t face it alone. The charity works in partnership with the NHS, providing expert staff and specialist units in Principal Treatment Centres for cancer, and bring young people together so they can support each other.

Almost half of young people with cancer are not treated in Teenage Cancer Trust units. Instead they are treated in hospitals where there isn’t the same level of expertise, and they might never meet another young person with cancer. This is a scary and lonely experience. So Teenage Cancer Trust is building a wider Nursing and Support Service within the NHS to help all young people, wherever they receive treatment. Teenage Cancer Trust relies on donations to fund their vital work.