"Brave beyond belief right to the end": Clare student remembers friend through charity bike ride

Zoah Hedges Stocks, News Reporter 29 June 2012

A History student at Clare College has raised over £700 for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation in a moving tribute to his late best friend. Ben Burcombe Filer, who himself suffers from cerebral palsy, cycled 22 miles outdoors on a stationary bike on 22nd June during the Clare garden party. Despite driving rain, Ben completed the ‘journey’ in 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Ben was motivated to support the charity after his close friend, Adam Weatherill, died of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in December 2010. Adam’s mother and eldest sister have since taken part in a sponsored sky dive to raise money for the research project and the Foundation. Ben was unable to take part due to his own health condition, but at the end of May Week this year, he found a symbolic way to remember his friend, cycling 22 miles (the same distance as the round trip from his house to Adam’s) in the month in which Adam would have turned 21.

Ben described Adam as “my best friend. He was permanently smiling and never complained when lord knows he had ample reason to. He was brave beyond belief right to the end.” Ben had initially hoped to raise £400, but has far exceeded this target.

He is donating a portion of the funds raised to Royal Holloway, where Adam was reading History, to support research into muscular dystrophy.

Zoah Hedges Stocks, News Reporter