Cyclist to ride l’Étape du Tour in memory of Newham school teacher
PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 April 2016
A friend of a popular Newham school teacher who died last October is cycling part of the Tour de France route in her memory.
Fred Meades will attempt to ride a challenging and mountainous part of the route during the l’Étape du Tour event on July 10 in memory of Lucia (Loo) Devine, who died on October 17 aged 57 of ovarian cancer.
The 54-year-old, whose wife was a close friend and colleague of Lucia, said the East Ham education advisor “had so much more to give in the education world”.
He said: “Loo spent most of her life working in Newham and she was very passionate about children and the borough.”
Some 300 people attended a memorial service on April 22 celebrating the life of Lucia, who was born in County Durham but moved to Newham in 1991 to become an advisory teacher for PE and dance.
Fred said he wanted to raise awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer to help other women in Lucia’s position.
He said: They call it the silent killer because the symptoms get mixed up with women’s problems.
“By the time women have found out they have got ovarian cancer it is often too way down the line.
“By raising awareness hopefully there will be less women in Loo’s position.”
The medical representative joked he “was not fat” but the 90.7 mile route through four mountains would be challenging and he had never done anything like it before.
He said: “As a cyclist you have to be light so I am trying to lose a bit of weight.
“I am enjoying it but often you feel you have been suffering a little bit, but then if you think of the stories of what people are going through it definitely lifts you and gives you that thinking of ‘just get on and do it’.”
Fred, who is also raising money for Cure Leukaemia, has raised nearly £900 including gift aid for both charities to date.
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