A TEENAGER from West Ealing is taking on the challenge of a nine-mile triathlon in memory of his mum who died from cancer at Christmas.
Jake Anderson, 15, of Robinson's Close, decided to do a sponsored triathlon for his mum, Jill, who died on December 27 after battling cancer for seven years.
She was an an avid Chelsea fan and Jake often took her to Stamford Bridge for a game during her illness.
Speaking about the triathalon, he said: “It was Paulo's idea, he's my best friend. We wanted to raise money in her memory. I have done sponsored walks before and we've been doing our own training, doing football and cycling. I know it sounds cheesy but I feel my mum's spirit is with me and that pushes me on. In a week we've raised about £700 and we'll probably hit more than a grand.”
Jake and Paulo Pisano, also 15, of Wimborne Gardens, Ealing, are raising cash for the Royal Marsden Hospital, in Fulham, where his mum was treated. The boys will take on the four-mile run and four-mile cycle around Pitshanger Park followed by a mile-swim at Gurnell Leisure Centre, in Ruislip Road East, on April 16.
Jake's dad, John, said: “In 2009 the cancer came back again, with multiple tumours it was untreatable. Jill had six months of intensive chemotherapy last year at the Royal Marsden. They were wonderful and just screaming out for donations so we chose to raise the money for them.
“The way Jake has conducted himself and the maturity is beyond words. I know he is very upset but he's just got on with it. Everything he does is for his mum. He is extremely proud of her.”
The boys have also arranged a memorial gig with four live bands playing at the King's Head pub, in High Street, Acton, at 7pm after the triathlon to raise as much money as possible.
To sponsor the boys, call John on 07756 048215.