Mother and son to raise money in motorbike ride

PUBLISHED: 15:03 25 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:03 25 June 2013

Christine Trueman and her son Driftwood Van-Oakley.

Christine Trueman and her son Driftwood Van-Oakley.


A WORLE woman and her son will take part in a motorbike ride to raise money for charity in memory of her husband and his father.

Christine Trueman, of Garden Close, and her son Driftwood Van-Oakley will take part in the bike ride on Saturday from Weston seafront to Land’s End in memory of David Trueman.

David died on January 16 after he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer two weeks previously.

Christine said: “This challenge is important to raise awareness of this form of cancer, which had spread from David oesophagus.

“He was working right up until December 12. He was working long hours and came home with a cough and said his legs had swelled up.

“We went straight to the doctors, who thought it was a chest infection.”

Christine said David still felt unwell over the Christmas period and visited his doctor’s surgery five times before he was sent to hospital - on January 2 - to be diagnosed.

Two days later doctors told David the cancer had spread to his liver and gall bladder.

Christine said: “There had been no real symptoms. We found out the cancer had spread from the oesophagus and he died on January 16.

“It was just so quick and it was a cancer I had never heard of.

“My son decided to organise this ride to raise as much as we can for Cancer Research UK and to raise awareness. All the family will be taking part.”

The bike ride also falls on the same day as David’s birthday – when he would have been 65.

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