Rhinos PDRL coach Keiran Hickman joins charity bike ride for Leeds Children’s Hospital

This weekend, Leeds Rhinos Foundation’s PDRL coach Keiran Hickman will be part of a team of cyclists completing a charity fundraiser in support of a little boy who was diagnosed with leukaemia, and the charities who supported him.

The group of friends have set themselves the challenge of making a return journey from Castleford to Bridlington by bicycle on Saturday 10th July in order to raise much-needed funds for The Give A Duck Foundation and ward 31 of Leeds Children’s Hospital, a round trip of around 155 miles.

In recognition of the charities’ roles in providing life-saving treatment and support to his former teammate’s young son Arlo, the group are hoping to raise a total of £5,000 through the sponsored bike ride in order to help them purchase vital equipment and accessories for their work.

“When you look at fundraising events people do, it’s the charities and good causes such as these that sometimes go unnoticed, although they still play a massive part in the lives of the patients and their families,” explained Hickman.

“We’ve picked these two amazing causes due to the help, support and love they gave to our friends Paul and Jodie and their little warrior Arlo.

“We hope to buy 100 ‘Chemo Ducks’ for The Give A Duck Foundation which works out at £2,500. It’s a fantastic cause who work with hospitals to support children with cancer and their families throughout the UK.

“At the same time, we’re also hoping to raising the same amount for ward 31 of Leeds Children’s Hospital, who to make the stay of the children and family a bit more bearable, so things like reclining chairs which are a big hit with the patients, games consoles, toys and more.”

Preparations for the ride have gone well so far, with Hickman- a former rugby league player who represented Dewsbury and Featherstone during his playing days- prepared to push himself to the limit in order to complete the challenge.

“It’s certainly going to be difficult. I, along with a few more of the riders, aren’t really built for cycling but in the grand scheme of thing  this is easy compared to what people who require these charities and good causes will go through.

“It’s going to be a rollercoaster and a test of character that’s for sure, but it’s all for a very worthwhile cause and I’m excited to get going.”

If you would like to donate to Keiran and his team for their charity bike ride, please visit their JustGiving page by clicking HERE.