A Leeds United fan from Saltaire has raised £870 for Yorkshire Cancer Research after cycling from Shipley to Elland Road football ground and back again.
Elliott Horan decided to take on the 30-mile challenge after his mum, Karen, was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer just a few days after her 60th birthday.
The 31-year-old completed the ride with his dad, Chris, and other members of his close family including his cousin Craig McMahon, uncle Stephen Barnes, brother-in-law Christopher Yates and Christopher’s father Roy Yates.
Yorkshire Cancer Research is Leeds United’s official charity partner for the 2020/21 season. The charity is currently inviting supporters to take part in a virtual cycling challenge after its annual Selby Three Swans Sportive event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Elliott said: “I’d never cycled before but it’s something my dad got into after having a tumour removed a few years ago. The cancer scare gave him a bit of a health kick. He changed his diet, became really fit and started cycling.
“After my mum was diagnosed with cancer in early October, we saw the Virtual Three Swans event and decided it was something we could all do together. In the run up to our main ride, my dad showed us some routes around south Bradford, Dewsbury, Ossett and Wakefield, and I found it really enjoyable. My dad enjoyed the company too.
“It was amazing to arrive at Elland Road and have our photo taken in front of the Billy Bremner statue. We’re all massive Leeds United fans, including my mum, so it meant a lot to us to include the stadium in our ride especially at a time when we can’t visit to watch a match. The ride was hard work, but we felt really proud of our achievement.”
Elliott and his family clocked up nearly 70 miles of cycling during October with training rides included. They are now planning to cycle together regularly. Some of Elliott’s cousins have promised to donate £10 to Yorkshire Cancer Research for every 10 miles they complete. The money raised will help fund research to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in Yorkshire.
Elliott added: “Cycling has really brought the family together at a difficult time. We’ve loved being able to do something to support my mum and a cause close to our hearts. We are humbled by the donations we’ve received from family and friends and will continue to think of other fundraising ideas.”