Dads and lads’ bike and busk for Trust

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A father and son will cycle from Morley Town Hall to the Eiffel Tower to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Dad Mark Smith and his lad George will tackle the 440-mile route on Sunday, July 19, hoping to raise £1,500 – despite Mark breaking his collar bone in a biking accident six weeks ago.

Accompanied by grandad Hugh Smith in his campervan, and George’s cousin William, the three generations aim to reach the French landmark within a week – and do some busking along the way to raise extra cash.

Mark, 49, of Rooms Lane, said: “In the summer we’ve always done big cycle rides and George decided he wanted to do it for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

“We came up with the idea and told a few people and then it got a bit too late to change our minds.

“I think it will be a really good thing to do with my son before he leaves for university, and the fact that my father’s involved too, it’s a good thing for three generations to spend time together and raise some money for a brilliant charity.”

The 65-mile-a-day trip will mark the end of 17-year-old George’s A-Levels at the Morley Academy.

A keen multi-instrumental musician – he plays harmonica with local covers band Limited Edition – George will step in on piano for a jazz band in Brighton en-route as well as busking with his guitar.

Mark’s injury, which he sustained while cycling back from seeing the Tour de Yorkshire arrivals at Leeds’ Roundhay Park, threatened to put the brakes on the adventure. He said: “My first thought was, ‘Are we still going to be able to do this bike ride?’”

But he is heading back to work next week and thinks he can meet the challenge.

To donate towards the pair’s “Bike and Busk”, visit www.justgiving.com/GeorgeSmith17/