Penzance dad to ride daughter's bicycle from Bristol to Land's End

Inspired by daughter Ellie’s love for cycling, Peter says he has been “overwhelmed” by the support. Credit: ITV West Country

Peter Williams is riding his daughter's bicycle on a 211-mile ride from Bristol to Land's End in memory of her.

His daughter, Ellie, died of a rare form of brain cancer in 2015, at the age of seven.

Ellie died from an incurable, highly aggressive Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in 2015, six months after she was diagnosed.

Peter is raising money towards research on brain cancer. He has already passed his £10,000 target for The Brain Tumour Charity and has raised over £16,000 so far.

The bike has not been modified, except for a change to a a biger saddle. Credit: ITV West Country
  • Finding out about Ellie's tumour:

Ellie, who loved tennis and gymnastics, was diagnosed during a half-term break in London in October 2014.

Just before their trip, he and Kaz noticed Ellie’s right eye was looking “a bit strange.”

When her eye was still turning inwards during their break, they took her to be checked over at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

“They said that her eyes were fine and she should have an urgent MRI scan,” said Peter.

“We went straight to Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge.”

Doctors found out about Ellie's brain tumour.

She was immediately sent to Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Ellie died in her parents’ arms at Little Harbour children’s hospice in St Austell, Cornwall on April 4, 2015 - just six months after being diagnosed.

  • The bike ride:

Peter left Bristol's Children's Hospital at 10am on Friday 21, September. He will ride through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, aiming to reach Land's End by Friday 28 September.

Inspired by daughter Ellie’s love for cycling, Peter says he has been “overwhelmed” by people’s support.

Peter says he would be happy if #TheLittlePinkBike trended online. "Ellie would laugh at me riding her bike – and she’ll inspire me every push of the pedals.”

  • Watch more about Peter's bike ride below: