Cyclist raises thousands in Tour de France tribute to Newham teacher

PUBLISHED: 17:04 04 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:06 04 August 2016

Fred Meades

Fred Meades


A friend of a teacher who died from ovarian cancer has completed one of the toughest stretches of the Tour de France in her memory.

Fred Meades, 55, raised £2,584 for Loo Devine, a beloved East Ham education specialist who died in October last year.

Mr Meades completed the 11.7km climb of the L’Étape du Tour on July 10, but only returned to count the cash he raised last week.

He said: “I was very low on water but after five minutes under the shade of some trees I was able to continue and a mirage appeared in the shape of opportunistic Frenchman selling extortionately priced cold drinks.

“Two cokes later and a fiver lighter, I was refreshed and back on my way.”

He added that Loo would have approved of his efforts.

“I think she would have been so pleased that out of her tragedy a little bit of good has come out of it,” he said.

The money will go to charity Target Ovarian Cancer.

To donate, visit

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Newham Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Related articles

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Newham Recorder