On 28 May 2023 the Morgan Lovell Wheelers took on the RideLondon-Essex 100 in support of brainstrust and the brain tumour community. Headed up by Paul Dare, the team donned their Lycra and took on this amazing challenge in memory of Paul’s brother Dr Theo Dare, who sadly died of a Glioblastoma in August 2022. In this article, we share Paul’s reflections on Theo’s life and legacy and the significance of Morgan Lovell fundraising for brainstrust in his honour.
In memory of Theo Dare
In August of 2022, the Dare family said a final farewell to a much-loved father, son, brother and uncle, Dr Theo Dare.
“As a new-born baby Theo brought with him a beautiful smile, blue eyes and an unbelievably calm temperament, something he became well known and loved for. As he grew, he came to realise his increasing intelligence which eventually earned him the title of Dr and a PHD in Biomedical science. He worked and excelled at GSK, the pharmaceutical company where he worked for 26 years. Recently promoted to an associate director and a figurehead in the business, he was responsible for organising annual charity events and community days, which were attended by hundreds of people and raised a vast amount of funds.
Theo was a keen sportsman and played near enough every sport from tennis, badminton, pool and judo, the list was endless. But his sport of choice was football. A super striker, he was once scouted for Wimbledon FC, but he refused the opportunity to focus on his studies.
At the end of March 2022, Theo was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, and on 20 August 2022 Theo peacefully said goodbye to this world and transferred to a world of love, peace, happiness and probably lots of football. For friends and family, he lit a fire of love, love that will never be extinguished or forgotten.”
Riding for brainstrust
Morgan Lovell supports employees whose families may have suffered unfortunate circumstances by raising money for their chosen charity, and this year Morgan Lovell are fundraising in honour Dr Theo Dare. Raising money in memory of Theo, the Morgan Lovell Wheelers, formed of Paul Dare, Nathan Wroughton, Giles Dooley and Richard Howard, took on the 100-mile bike ride challenge from London to Essex.
Paul said of the challenge:
“The Ride 100 Essex was a fantastic challenge, although the thought of sitting on my saddle for more than 5 hours had been playing on my mind during my training. My motivation for the ride came from deep within with the feeling that my brother, Theo was spurring me on with every revolution. Losing Theo to an aggressive brain tumour came as a shock to the whole family as he was a fit and young man who had two young and wonderful kids of his own. I really wanted to raise awareness of this condition and also to let other people know that there is support was available for families going through such tough times.
The ride itself started well and the Morgan Lovell Wheelers, who helped raise over £2,500 for the brainstrust charity, encouraged each other to hit each 25-mile checkpoint. The added cheering and jeering by the bystanders and cheerleaders along the route gave us all the much-needed boost towards the end of the ride to help us complete the ride.”
So far the team have raised over £2,500 for brainstrust. This amazing fundraising total will help fund our vital support service, allowing us to be there for people every step along their brain tumour journey. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Paul, the Morgan Lovell Wheelers and everyone at Morgan Lovell for supporting brainstrust – your generosity and passion keeps our mission alive.
You can find out more about the impact of our work here. If you or someone you love has a Glioblastoma and you would like support, visit our GBM hub.