A COMMUNITY has banded together to take part in a fundraiser for a much-loved Tetbury dad.
Fran Eddolls was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour just two weeks ago.
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 taking part in the Le Tour De Fran and donating to help his family.
Cyclists, runners, walkers and others all took part, with the goal of covering 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. All participants took part whilst keeping within the current government guidelines.
Mike West, organiser of the event, said: “I’m pleased to see the variety – young and not so young, short, medium, long and simply daft distances, walks, runs, bike rides, horse rides, sure there were others I missed too.
“It’s been heartening to hear of many ‘firsts’, first time at all, first time in years, first time so far, not to forget head shaving, hair dying – so many people being creative and going the extra mile for Fran.
“I hope a legacy for Fran this weekend is people find time to do more regularly, and not ‘never again’.
“The statistics are staggering, starting with Richard Kahui running 10km in New Zealand on our Friday night, and finishing with Andrea Herbert who completed 423 miles in 36 hours.
“We’ve covered 24,799 miles, that’s more than all the way around the world.
“813 people completed one or more activities, in eight countries around the world.
“It is clear to me and I imagine you too how Fran’s story has touched not only us, but our friends and their friends, our families, work colleagues and wider! We have had so many strangers contribute it’s hard to find more superlatives.
“So perhaps let’s agree to settle for “You are all awesome!”
More than £35,000 has now been raised between two fundraising pages to help Fran and his family.
To donate, go to bit.ly/3eDcF7A