Paul takes to the saddle in memory of dad

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A bike rider has raised over £1,500 after cycling 80 miles from Morley to Whitby in memory of his late father.

Paul Fletcher will donate the money to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), which invests in life-saving equipment and services for those who work at sea.

It’s a sensitive time of the year for me but it gives you a sense of a feel good factor when you mark it with something like this.

Paul Fletcher

Paul’s father Brian, who was a passionate supporter of the charity, passed away due to cancer two years ago this month.

Paul said: “I like to do a little fundraiser every year to remember my dad.

“Last year me and a few friends chipped in and we all had a game of football.

“For the bike ride, it took about six months worth of training to gradually build up my fitness, but it was a really enjoyable challenge in the end.”

Paul was joined on the trek by his pals Gareth Brocksom, Peter Ellis, Michael Wainwright and Shaun Chapman, while his uncle Alan Fletcher and friend Adam Stead travelled closely behind, supporting them by carrying food, first aid and repair tools.

Their arrival in the seaside town was greeted by a cluster of friends and family, who had gathered in advance to cheer them as they rolled up.

Paul said: “My father was a keen supporter of the RNLI which was inherited from his father and I have continued the trend.

“It’s a sensitive time of the year for me but it gives you a sense of a feel good factor when you mark it with something like this.

“It’s very rewarding.”

The RNLI, which has its headquarters based in Hull, was founded in 1824 and is estimated to save around 23 lives a day.

It provides an on-call 24 hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland and it patrols 200 beaches across the country.

To donate to Paul’s cause and support the RNLI and the work they do visit the website at www.justgiving.com/TheMorleyBoys80MileCycleChallenge