A DAD with terminal cancer says he’s “overwhelmed” by the support shown for him and his wife and children.
Friends and relatives have raised almost £16,000 for much-loved Tetbury dad Fran Eddolls who has been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour.
The 28-year-old father-of-two has been given just two to three months to live by doctors.
Over the years, Fran has raised thousands of pounds for various charities through cycling challenges, and now the community has united to support him by donating to help his family.
Almost £16,000 has been raised in just a matter of days since Fran shared the news of his terminal cancer.
This is via two fundraising pages, with the money going to Fran, his wife Carina and their children Holly, aged four, and two-year-old Archie, to help them make the most of the time they have left as a family.
Fran told the Standard he wanted to say “a huge thank you to everyone for the support and donations”.
He said he “can’t believe” how people have helped him and his family and he’s going to shave all his hair off as a gesture to say thank you to everyone.
Within hours of launching the two fundraising pages, hundreds of people had donated, taking the total to support the family to nearly £16,000 by yesterday morning – and rising rapidly.
The first fundraising page was set up by Jasmine Reid.
She wrote: “All funds raised will go to the family so that they can make beautiful memories together and help them through the next few months as best as they possibly can, whether that means takeaways or family days out.
“Francis has given a lot to the community over the years with his own personal fundraising so now is the time that we all come together and do it for him.
“Please show your support by contributing, even if it’s only a small amount, this will help them create beautiful memories that will be with them forever.”
To donate, go to bit.ly/2xMwLvA.
A separate fundraiser is taking place this weekend titled Le Tour de Fran.
Cyclists, runners, walkers and others will cover 1,000 miles or more, the distance of ‘LeJoG’ – Lands End to John O’Groats – which Fran planned to ride this September to raise money for Anxiety UK.
Mike West, organiser of the event, said: “Fran is down to earth, a family man, builds stone walls, a keen cyclist, and has raised money for others many times.
“This is a tough time, and the right time to pay back.”
Keen cyclist Fran has raised money for Anxiety UK, Cancer Research UK, The Priory Nursing home, Diabetes UK and more over the years.