180 miles in memory of cancer patient Kyle

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A Garforth dad has completed an epic cycle challenge in memory of his son.

Steve Flynn took part in a three-day charity ride from Newcastle to Edinburgh just seven months after Kyle died following a short battle with leukaemia.

He was joined by other parents of children with cancer on the ride to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust, including Mark Moore from Bradford, whose son Dominic, 21, is currently being treated at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.

Steve, 58, and Mark, 45, have helped to raise £15,000 for the charity as part of the 11-strong Coast to Castles group.

The money donated to the cyclists - who covered a distance of 180 miles - will go towards the Teenage Cancer Trust’s unit at St James’s.

“I signed up to the challenge in memory of our wonderful son Kyle who sadly passed away in March this year after a seven-month battle with leukaemia. Teenage Cancer Trust provided Kyle with endless emotional and physical support and I would like other young adults to have the same support that Kyle did,” said Steve.

The charity aims to be able to expand its services to support all young cancer patients in the UK by 2020.

Dominic Moore, whose brother Josh also joined their father Mark for the ride, was diagnosed with the rare blood condition aplastic anaemia and is currently waiting to undergo a bone marrow transplant.

“I have found being in hospital very difficult to say the least, most of my time there been spent in ‘isolation’ for fear of me contracting further infection. The care and support I have had at the unit has made all the difference for me,” he said.