Dad’s ‘thanks’ for help when daughter died

Ian Best with his daughter Natasha
Ian Best with his daughter Natasha

A dad who lost his beloved daughter to cancer is cycling from London to Paris to say thank you to the people that supported him.

Ian Best, 42 is completing the challenge in memory of his three-year-old daughter Natasha, who died eight years ago.

The toddler suffered from a Wilms’ tumour, which started in her kidneys and spread around her body.

Ian says that the support that he received form organisations including Macmillan Cancer Support, helped him to see light at the end of the tunnel.

The dad, who lives in Watermead, said: “It’s taken me a long time to get to the stage where I am able to do this.

“At the time I had lots of people helping me through the treatment itself and through the hospital visits which could be traumatic.

“But the people at Macmillan and others made life that little bit more bearable.

“I got help with the thinks that you don’t necessarily think about, like mortgages, they made me feel like the world wasn’t going to collapse.

“I’m doing this because I want to thank them, and help everyone that has been touched by cancer.”

In September Ian will join other riders from the Ride24 group to cycle from the British to the French capitals in 24 hours.

He hopes to raise £1,000 to contribute to the work of Macmillan Cancer Support which works to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

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