An eight-year-old Kelbrook boy is using pedal power as he rides alongside a team travelling to France in memory of his late dad.
Finn Robinson, of Dotcliffe Road, will ride with his uncles Gareth and Neil, both of Barnoldswick, as they cycle from London to Paris in July in memory of Adam Robinson (44) who died in May last year from a rare form of cancer.
Adam was diagnosed with cancer of the duodenum, or small bowel, in December 2011 and spent his last five weeks in St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds.
According to Cancer Research UK statistics, small bowel cancers affect 1,000 people in the UK each year, 41-times fewer than those affected by large bowel and rectal cancers.
Adam, a luthier who repaired guitars and other stringed instruments, was born in Nelson and lived in Sough.
He attended West Craven Technology High School and Nelson and Colne College, later completing a BTEC course in Music Technology and Guitar Making at Leeds College of Music. He then set up a business in 2004 named Adam Robinson Guitars.
Neil (40), a solar panel engineer, of Lower East Avenue, Barnoldswick, said: “Adam’s death has left a big space in our lives. It just totally floored the whole family and everyone who knew him. You just don’t expect to lose your brother at the age of 44.
“Adam liked to go out cycling and Finn does too, so the bike ride seemed like the right thing to do to raise funds and awareness. Doing something like this gives us something positive to focus on.”
The Robinsons will be joined by family friend Ben Hoyle (34), of Brogden Lane, Barnoldswick, on the 500km or 310 mile journey as the quartet set off from Crystal Palace and cycle to Calais on July 3rd.
Kelbrook Primary School pupil Finn is hoping to ride as far as he possibly can with the group as he “does it for Daddy” before bidding the trio bon voyage as they complete the first leg in Calais and three further sections with stops at Abbeville, Beauvais and the finish in Paris.
Gareth (41), a Rolls-Royce engineer, of Park Road, Barnoldswick, added: “The level of care Adam and the whole family received at St Gemma’s was fantastic.
“It is run through voluntary contributions so that’s why we’re doing it – to give something back.
“Finn, is coping really well with his dad’s death, and that’s also thanks to the help and advice the hospice has given.
“They have a children’s counsellor and they do activities like art therapy so other kids in the same situation can get together.”
The group have been riding up to 100 miles per week in training ahead of the grand depart and Barnoldswick-based bike engineering firm Hope Technology has backed the team by providing clothing.
To help raise over £4,500, you can donate by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/adam.robinson1
The family hope to organise further fund-raising events in the future for other causes including the Barnoldswick and Earby Bosom Friends charity, which also helped Adam during his illness.