Rugby Bikeathon video: dad back on bike for Lewis

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A dad from Rugby is urging people to get on their bikes and raise money for a life-saving charity that helps those like his little boy.

Matthew Clarke is once again saddling up for this year’s Rugby Bikeathon in June in support of his son Lewis, 5, who is battling leukaemia.

He is appealing for sponsors to help raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research on Sunday, June 9.

Matthew, of Timber Court, said: “Lewis has a while left on his chemotherapy but all is going as smoothly as it can be.

“He’s an absolute inspiration to me. Never once has he complained about his treatment – and believe me he’s had so much.”

Matthew has already helped raise thousands of pounds for charity and can be sponsored through Just Giving.

He said: “I know many of you have helped me previously but if you could either donate whatever you can spare and or circulate my page round friends, family and colleagues it would be very much appreciated.”

Organiser Janet Haynes MBE said people can take part in the ten mile ‘tootle’, 26 mile marathon or 50 mile challenge.

“What I really want to get across is how events like the Bikeathon fund research and ultimately save lives.”

She said sponsor forms are available from Newmans estate agents in Rugby or online from beatingbloodcancers.org.uk/Rugbybikeathon or bikeathon2013@yahoo.com. It costs £12 for adults to enter, £8 for children under 12, £35 for a family of four, £20 on the day. For more information telephone (01926) 632258. To sponsor Matthew visit www.justgiving.com/rideforLewis.

**PLEASE NOTE THE BIKEATHON IS JUNE 9 - NOT JULY 9 AS STATED IN THE PROMOTIONAL VIDEO**