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Hawarden dad takes on charity cycle for little Nia

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24 Jun 2010

Hawarden resident Andrew Herod is tackling three cycling challenges to support his five-year-old daughter who has leukaemia and raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Andrew’s daughter Nia was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in October 2009. Andrew says: “When I heard the doctor say the word ‘leukaemia’ it was mindblowing. Nia has been very brave with the treatment and she’s coping very well.”

Determined to do something to help, Andrew encouraged family and friends to join him in taking on the North West Bikeathon Challenge, which involves completing three Bikeathons for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Andrew’s team, Bikes4Nia, completed the Vyrnwy Bikeathon in April, raising over £900. Next up, the team will tackle the Wirral Bikeathon on 13 June, then the Brenig Bikeathon in September

Andrew says: “We’ve been blown away by the support – totally smashing our first fundraising target of £600! People have been so generous and in some cases, it’s the kindness of strangers.

"We’re heading up to the Wirral Bikeathon soon and we’d love to encourage others to take part. We know that if people hadn’t raised money before us, Nia wouldn’t be here now. Please sign up for the Bikeathon, every penny raised will help beat blood cancers.”

The Wirral Bikeathon returns on 13 June 2010 and there’s still time for cyclists to sign up, saddle up and help beat blood cancers.

Organisers are encouraging entrants to raise at least £50 in sponsorship to help celebrate for the 50th birthday of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and help the charity fund ground-breaking research into leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

The event starts and finishes at Arrowe Country Park in Upton, from 9:30 – 11:30am. Entrants can choose to cycle 14 miles or 28 miles following a figure of eight route through the country part. 

The event is signposted and marshalled, with refreshment stops, and all riders will receive a free T-shirt and commemorative medal at the finish line!

To take part in the Wirral Bikeathon or to find out more, please contact the organizer Ernie Macaulay, on 0151 327 3129, email info@wirralbikeathon.org.uk or visit the event website.

Entry fees are £10 per adult or £5 for juniors (children under 17).  Entrants under 16 years old must have parent/guardian’s authority to take part and those under 11 years, must be supervised by a participating adult cyclist.  People can also register on the day, for £20 per adult and £5 per junior, but may not receive a t-shirt or medal depending on stocks available.