Ross’s name lives on in special activity room at hospital

Ross Tomlinson kick-started the fundraising with a sponsored skydive
Ross Tomlinson kick-started the fundraising with a sponsored skydive

A special room which will be used to organise once-in-a-lifetime activities for young people fighting cancer has been named after a brave Leyland man, who sadly lost his battle with the disease.

Family and friends of former Balshaw High School pupil Ross Tomlinson have been fundraising since his untimely death in August 2012, when he was just 21.

Ross, who was a keen footballer and also enjoyed fishing and the outdoors, kick-started the fundraising himself for the hospital which treated him through his illness.

He managed to raise £13,000 for the Young Oncology Unit (YOU) at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, after doing a sponsored skydive whilst he was undergoing chemotherapy.

His family has now topped that up to an incredible £55,000, through the Ross Tomlinson Tribute Fund, and the money has gone towards a new state-of-the-art building at the hospital, which has sports facilities such as a gym, a communal area and games machines.

Ross’s mum Linda said: “We have purchased an activity and coordination room in Ross’s name, where the staff will plan days out for the teenagers and young people.

“Ross was so active and he was such an adrenaline junkie, so it’s really ideal.

“It was a very proud moment when we handed over the cheque, and the fact that Ross will be remembered there is very important to us.”

Ross was diagnosed with a rare and acute form of brain tumour, Medullablastoma, when he was 18.

After enduring neurosurgery, 70 radiotherapy sessions and 23 months of intensive chemotherapy, Ross decided to start raising money for the YOU, giving those left behind a real incentive to continue his hard work.

“We will carry on fundraising in Ross’s name,” Linda said. “The extra money will go towards activities like rock climbing, and equipment such as camping equipment for the patients.

“The staff at the YOU were so grateful and full of praise for everyone who has helped us fundraise under Ross’s name, so we’d really like to thank people for that.”