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Generous donation from the Colin Thornton Memorial Fund

Posted by: Comms 9 April 2014

Pancreatic Cancer UK receives generous donation in memory of cyclist Colin Thornton

Colin Thornton represented Wales in three successive Commonwealth Games on both road and track in Christchurch 1974, Edmonton 1978 and Brisbane 1982. Colin also rode for Great Britain in Tour of Germany, Peace Race, Tour of Scotland and Tour of Ireland. Colin believed in having a PMA - a positive mental attitude. It was this attitude, determination and bravery which helped in his courageous fight with pancreatic cancer, which he was determined was not going to beat him. Sadly, Colin passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 57 on the 25th of September 2011.  

Recently the Colin Thornton Memorial Fund, set up in his memory, made a very generous £6,000 donation to our charity, including a donation of £400 that was raised during a raffle at the Welsh Cycling Awards Dinner held in October. At this event, the first Colin Thornton Memorial for Welsh Junior Performance Award was given to Elinor Barker, an up and coming cyclist, recognising her for her achievements as a junior cyclist. Colin's family are happy that Colin's legacy is supporting the next generation of Welsh riders and help them to achieve their goals in their cycling career and meet their true potential. 

We would like to thank Colin's family and friends as well as work colleagues and clients at St. James Place that contributed as well as everyone who donated to the raffle at the Welsh Cycling Awards. We really appreciate your support and wish Elinor all the best with her cycling career!