Leeds cyclists in toy appeal trek

They openly admit to being "two big units" who have never cycled before – and in the current weather, it would be understandable if they didn't want to.

But nothing was going to stop Graham Holmes and Colin Duke from doing their bit for the YEP-backed 2010 Christmas Appeal.

The pair joined Magic 828 DJ Glenn Pinder for a sponsored cycle ride from York to Leeds to raise money for the appeal, organised by Magic 828 and 96.3 Radio Aire's charity Cash for Kids.

The appeal, supported by Crown Point Shopping Park, aims to make sure

every underprivileged child in the region receives a present on Christmas Day.

Graham, of Middleton, Leeds, and Colin, of Rothwell, Leeds, raised 600 for the 2010 Christmas Appeal by completing the sponsored cycle ride on Sunday.

As well as Glenn, they were joined by several friends to provide moral support on the long, cold journey back to Leeds.

Graham, 59, said: "I have never cycled before in my life so it's something I've had to learn completely from scratch. And it's not a hobby I will be continuing with.

"But we really wanted to do it for the Christmas Appeal and it was tough and it was cold, but I'm pleased we did it."

Colin, 50, added: "We were always going to do it this weekend, regardless of the weather.

"We just thought of the kids at Christmas without any presents or cards and that spurred us on."

Glenn, who hosts Magic 828's breakfast show, said: "Graham and Colin are regular listeners and when they came up with the bike ride idea, they roped me in.

"It's the first time I've ridden a bike for 15 years but I was delighted to get involved."

Supporters can donate new and unwrapped toys to the Christmas Appeal

until December 20. Presents will be collected and distributed to needy youngsters through social services, charities and other organisations.

Toys and gifts can be dropped off at any store at Crown Point Shopping Park, as well as the YEP offices on Wellington Street and 96.3 Radio Aire and Magic 828 on Burley Road.

* To make a donation to Graham and Colin's cycle ride, visit www.justgiving.com/bigunits