January 28 2015 Latest news:
By LAUREN Rogers
Friday, March 7, 2014
An Ormesby teenager has completed a 40-mile bike ride in memory of his surrogate grandmother.
Flegg High School student Charlie Trapp, 13, wanted to raise money for charity after his godmother, Dawn Coy, was diagnosed with bladder cancer. And when ‘Auntie Dawn’ died unexpectedly during an operation last year, young Charlie was more determined to get on his bike for a good cause.
“We’re very proud of him,” said mum Kate.
The family, of Yarmouth Road, Ormesby St Margaret, met Dawn when they moved to the area 16 years ago.
“She just was a fantastic woman through and through,” said Kate.
The 74-year-old, who lived in Runham, Great Yarmouth, died from complications following a operation during her battle with cancer.
Her sudden death shocked the family as it was believed she had at least three years to live.
“She was so full of life, so full of beans,” said Kate.
“Dawn was really special to our whole family and she took on the role of a grandmother to Charlie.”
When Charlie decided to do a sponsored cycle in Auntie Dawn’s honour, he called Marie Curie Cancer Care to find out more about fundraising for charity.
When keen cyclist Tony Milling, the husband of one of Kate’s friends, heard about the event he volunteered to get involved and keep Charlie safe on the roads.
So, after weeks of training, the pair set off from Ormesby to Norwich covering 40.8 miles (65.6 kilometres) in total. The journey was filmed by Charlie who wore a camera on his bike helmet and, through sponsorship, raised £215 for Marie Curie.
Now he has handed the money over to charity, Charlie has turned his attention to organising his next fundraiser - a sponsored row.
But as the youngster doesn’t have access to a rowing machine, he is hoping someone who does might be able to help.
He already plays rugby for Flegg and football for Hemsby FC, and was last year named a rowing champion at the Norfolk School Games.
The games, held at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, celebrate the county’s future Olympians.
Taking gold in the rowing challenge was a memorable moment for tall teen Charlie, who towers over his peers at 5’11, and wants to be a PE teacher.
If you can help Charlie with his fundraising or sponsored row, contact the family by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.