Thoughts of son will keep Rugby man going

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DEVOTED dad Matthew Clarke is saddling up for this year’s Rugby Bikeathon in honour of his brave son who is battling leukaemia.

Matthew is urging others to get on their bikes on Sunday, June 12, to help raise life-saving funds for people like his three-year-old boy Lewis.

Matthew, of Timber Court, Rugby, hoped to raise £1,000 from the sponsored ride for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

But in less than two weeks, well-wishers have already pledged £800 to the appeal.

“I’m doing this for Lewis,” said Matthew.

“He has been such a brave little boy.”

Matthew and his wife, Anne, knew something was wrong with their son in November when Lewis went from being a happy child who was full of energy to not wanting to move from the settee.

Doctors were quick to diagnose Lewis with the disease and chemotherapy started immediately. Lewis is responding well to treatment and his courage earned him a Little Star award from Cancer Research UK.

“I was going to do the ten mile tootle but I think I’m going to go for the 26 mile marathon now,” said Matthew.

“Thoughts of Lewis will get me to the finish line, even if it takes all day!”

For more information telephone Janet Haynes MBE on 01926 632258. Visit to sponsor Matthew.