A TEENAGE cancer survivor is part of a team of three Kingston Grammar School boys who set off on a charity bike ride covering the length of Britain this week.
Tudor Morris saddled up alongside schoolmates Robbie Montgomery and Tom Beaumont on Tuesday (July 13) at the start of the epic 1,000 mile trip from Land's End to John O'Groats.
The 18-year-old, who spent nearly two years battling cancer after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma aged 13, is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for Kingston-based children's charity Momentum.
Tudor, who lives in Orchard Rise, Kingston, and whose father John Morris, owns Tudor Williams department store in New Malden, spent much of those two years in an isolation ward at Kingston Hospital.
Momentum provided Simpsons DVDs, books and much more to help break up the monotony of Tudor's days during his stay and he is determined to give something back to the charity, which supports children with cancer and other life-limiting conditions in Kingston.
"One of the worst things about being treated for cancer was being in containment – when your immune system is so weak you could be put at risk by a minor infection," said Tudor, who lost his mother Susan Williams to lung cancer when he was just six.
"You are essentially put in a sanitised room until your bloods improve, which can take weeks. Family and friends are allowed to visit but only if they're not ill themselves.
"Momentum was able to provide me with all sorts of entertainment when I was at Kingston Hospital and I wanted to give something back to the charity and help it continue to support children with cancer."
Tudor and his two friends will be joined on the 10-day journey by two more Kingston Grammar School pupils, Oli Clements and Tarn Huxford, who will drive the support car. All five will sleep in youth hostels or camp along the way.
Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith has already pledged £500 towards their cause and the quintet are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds more.
For more about the trip, and to make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/le2jog-momentum .