A TEACHER from Royal Wootton Bassett is gearing up to take on a 300-mile cycling challenge to help find a cure for brain tumours in memory of her father.

Ellen Lovatt’s dad Derek died of a brain tumour in 2001 at the age of 56 after undergoing radiotherapy, chemotherapy and two operations.

The 44-year-old art teacher at Highworth Warneford School signed up to the Brain Tumour Research charity's On Yer Bike campaign to take on a cycling challenge in February.

Ellen hopes to raise £300 which will fund research into the biggest cancer killer of people under the age of 40.

She said: “I’m excited to take part in this fun campaign and I’m very grateful to my family and friends who have already supported me in my fundraising.

"I’m eager to find out just how many miles I can complete in one month and I’m sure I’ll see an improvement in my fitness.

"This will also be a fitting way to remember my dad, who was a keen cyclist and took me to watch cycling events as a child.

“Sadly, losing my dad wasn’t the only time my family have been affected by this cruel disease. I also lost my grandma, who died before I was born, to a brain tumour. It makes me sad to think of all the memories and happy times I’ve missed out on.”

For many of the bike rides, Ellen will be joined by her partner, Tim, 40, and the Royal Wootton Bassett Hounds running club.Tim Green, senior community fundraising manager at Brain Tumour Research, said: “We are extremely thankful for Ellen’s support and we hope she inspires cyclists of all abilities to take part in On Yer Bike for this important cause.” To donate, visit.braintumourresearch.org/donation