Cyclists have undertaken a gruelling journey from University College Hospital to Snowdonia to raise money for the colorectal unit in memory of their popular friend Dominic Sutton who died of bowel cancer.
SnowDOM is the latest in a series of events organised by his widow Nilly Sutton which have raised nearly £50,000 for research, training and innovation in all aspects of colorectal disease.
Nilly, who was there to wave them off as they headed off to Wales in early September, said: “My husband Dom was very sporty and very active. A year before he died he and his friend cycled to Paris. He talked of cycling to Snowdon, sadly he couldn't fulfil his ambition so his friends and colleagues decided to make the trip in his memory.”
Dominic, who worked for Pearson, an examination board in High Holborn, died last year aged 36. After the cyclists arrived at the foot of Snowdon, a group of 50 people climbed up Snowdon to scatter the remainder of his ashes at the top. The youngest member of the group was Dom’s 7-year-old niece Millie, who set a target of £400 on her Justgiving page – but smashed it with a total of £1,315 including Gift Aid.
The Colorectal Research Fund was established by University College Hospital consultant surgeon Richard Cohen. UCLH Charity which administers the Fund has already received £37,000 in memory of Dominic. The sponsored bike ride is expected to push that amount to £50,000.
Nilly described her late husband as ‘wonderful and full of life and laughter’. “He never felt sorry for himself, he never complained … he made it so easy for us all to be around him and for me to look after him.
"The void he has left will never be filled but all these events make me feel like his spirit and lust for life is within us all."
Nilly's fundraising page is still open for donations - to contribute, visit www.justgiving.com/SnowDOMgeneral