CYCLISTS set off from Huddersfield this weekend to raise cash for a charity which has supported a teenage cancer victim.
Staff from Mamas and Papas’ Colnebridge offices, including retail business manager Steve Lavery, Phil Daniels and Kathy Reid, will be among around a dozen people cycling the 60-miles to Preston on Sunday.
Also taking part and raising money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust will be 14-year-old Callum Flynn and his auntie Maria Flynn, who is deputy manager at the company’s Preston store.
Callum was diagnosed with bone cancer on his 14th birthday last year. He has since undergone surgery to remove a large tumour from his right knee and intensive chemotherapy.
Maria has been supported by Mamas and Papas to organise the fundraising event.
She said “This is a great cause as many people are suffering from or have actually passed away from this disease.
“We need to fight back against cancer and we can do this by raising awareness. Callum’s cancer was left for 18 months as doctors believed it was simply growing pains.ŠAwareness does make a difference.
“This is for all those who have lost their loved ones to this disease and for Callum who has been so brave through his ordeal”.
Callum, who is from Preston and is making a good recovery from the illness, will be at the starting post shortly before 8am on Sunday with the team hoping to complete the route by 4.30pm the same day.
They are hoping to raise around £1,000 for the charity.
Maria said: “I’ve done a bit of training, but I haven’t really ridden a bike since I was a child, so it’s going to be tough.”
David Fisher, Head of Fundraising at the Bone Cancer Research Trust has said “We are very thankful to Maria, her friends, family and everyone who provides us with the support we need to continue our research into this terrible disease”.
The Bone Cancer Research Trust raises awareness with the aim of improving outcomes for all primary bone cancer patients.
The team of friends are well on the way to achieving their £1,000 target.Š To donate or for further information regarding the bike challenge you can visit Maria’s Justgiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/Team MamasAndPapas.ŠFor further information regarding bone cancer please visit: