Ipswich: Siblings to run in memory of their brother who died from rare tumour

Suzanne Fosdike and her children Ben and Georgina, who are running the London Marathon on April 21st

Suzanne Fosdike and her children Ben and Georgina, who are running the London Marathon on April 21st - the same day their brother Royce died from a rare tumour. - Credit: Andrew Partridge

SIBLINGS of a young man who died from a rare tumour are set to take part in the London Marathon in his memory – on the anniversary of his death.

Royce Fosdike, who died from a tumour last April.

Royce Fosdike, who died from a tumour last April.

Royce Fosdike was just 25 years old and half way through his army officer training when he died from a tumour in his chest on April 21 last year.

Exactly a year on, his younger brother, Ben, and sister, Georgie, will be taking part in the 26-mile challenge around the capital.

Their mother, Suzanne, of Valley Road, said: “They wanted to do it and when they saw the date, they thought they had to do it.

“We will be going down to watch them.

“It will be the first anniversary and that will be really hard anyway but by them doing this, I hope it will help.

“Royce was very fit. He would have been very proud of his brother and sister.”

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Royce, who died two years after he was first diagnosed, was supported by the charity CLIC Sargent, which Georgie is raising cash for, and spent his final days at St Elizabeth Hospice, which Ben is supporting.

Suzanne added: “We are trying to be very positive about everything and have been raising lots of money for St Elizabeth Hospice in the last year.”

Support worker Georgie, 22, of Provan Court off Foxhall Road, said: “Training has been going well.

“When we realised the date of the marathon, we thought it would be rude not to do it. It is now something to look forward to in a way. It will be a welcome distraction.”

Ben, who became a father to Lea four months ago, admitted training has been hard.

The 24-year-old of Donegal Road, who works at the family business in Woodbridge Road, Poplar Fish Bar, said: “It’s been tough training. It is hard to get motivated to go out when you have been up with the baby.

“But I’m looking forward to it. I’m sure Royce would be proud of us.”

The pair hope raise about £2,000 each.

To sponsor them, donate online at www.virginmoneygiving.com/GeorginaFosdike and www.virginmoneygiving.com/BenjaminFosdike. Alternatively people can pop into Poplar Fish Bar to donate in person.

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