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Charity bike ride raises hundreds in aid of Wadebridge cancer fighter Matt

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 04, 2013

  • The "core" group of fundraising riders for the Clic charity gather before setting off down the Camel trail heading for Padstow. L/R Brian Hill, Kalvin Bucknall, Carol Hawken, Ian Hawken, Steven Bay, Ollie Hewitt, Tanya Walsh (Organiser), Dino Hawken and Claire Harris

  • MATT'S MATES: The fundraising riders get ready to set off down the Camel Trail heading for Padstow.

  • Brian Hill one of the fundraising riders for the Clic charity warms up before setting off down the Camel trail heading for Padstow.

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FRIENDS of a young BMX biker from Wadebridge who is battling leukaemia took part in a sponsored bike ride along the Camel Trail on Sunday.

Around a dozen people cycled to Padstow and back to raise money for cancer charity CLIC Sargent, which is providing support for Matt Dalley and his family.

Matt, 19, is undergoing treatment at Bristol's Children's Hospital and is staying at nearby Sam's House – a purpose-built residential home for children undergoing bone marrow and stem cell transplants and run by CLIC Sargent.

The event was organised by Wadebridge Social Club and is expected to raise around £500.

Organiser Tanya Walsh said: "It went really well. Matt's into his BMX bikes, which is why we decided to do a sponsored bike ride, as a gesture to him.

"I'd like to thank everyone who came along on the ride and Bridge Bike Hire."

Matt is a popular face about town and was selected to be a member of Wadebridge Town Council's Youth Forum. He campaigned for a graffiti wall, as well as a BMX and skatepark in Wadebridge.

Other fundraising events took place on Sunday including a pool tournament, children's games, a darts match, raffle and barbecue.

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