Article courtesy of Maya George, The Daily Echo
A MAN from Hampshire has raised over £10,000 after setting up a charity in memory of his mother who passed away 14 years ago.
Tom Ingram, 26, an IT technician for South Western Railway from Portsmouth, has raised the impressive amount for charities and hospital centres, including one in Southampton.
Tom began fundraising in memory of his mother Karen, 40, in August 2008, just one month after the mother of two passed away from the blood cancer Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. But in 2020, he decided to take his fundraising efforts one step further and setting up a charity in his mother's name.
Tom said: "We started fundraising for charities pretty much straight after my mum passed away, and then we decided we wanted to do something a bit more permanent.
"We registered a charity in mum's name and we are raising money to donate to people researching the disease."
The Karen Ingram Foundation was officially launched in August 2020 and Tom is hopeful that his work will not only continue to raise money, but awareness too.
From the charity's work, funds are being granted to medical researchers at the Southampton Centre For Cancer Immunology to undertake clinical cancer trials into the disease.
Tom said: "For me it’s always been about preventing one less family going through the same thing we have so that my mother’s death was not in vain.
"We are really pleased to have reached this important milestone. I am very thankful for everyone’s support.
"When we started, I didn’t expect to raise this much as we are only a small charity and we do this in our spare time.
"Raising £10k is a testament to everyone who worked tirelessly and went above and beyond."