A group of 20 friends, naming themselves ‘Charlie’s Heroes’, took part in a European football inspired bike ride to raise funds for a charity close to their hearts.
‘Charlie’s Heroes’ formed after the tragic death of Charlie Fidler, from Hemel Hempstead, who was eight when he died from an anaphylactic shock in 2010.
The friends, which included both Charlie’s dad, Jason Fidler and his uncle, Chris, who grew up in Kings Langley, covered four countries in four days and raised over £14,000 for Charlie’s Gift, a charity made in Charlie’s honour.
Speaking to KingsNews, Jason said it was inspired by his sons love for football and Arsenal FC.
He said: “Charlie was a huge Arsenal fan and his love of football was our inspiration for the ride which was themed around a European football stadium tour. What better place to kick off our ride than at his clubs football ground, The Emirates.”
Starting at the North London ground, the group visited stadiums in Belgium, Holland before finishing at Borussia Dortmund’s ground in Germany on June 22.
Jason spoke about how it was amazing to raise such a great amount of money for the charity which support disadvantaged children living in Herts and surrounding areas, who face heart-breaking challenges in life because of illnesses, disabilities, bereavement or poverty.
He said: “It feels amazing. We overtook the figure we hoped to achieve and it feels good because it will be going towards children who need it and will benefit from it.
“I would like to thank everybody who has donated and to everyone who gave up their time to help set up the ride and to the boys who took part. In means a lot.”
Also in the group of 20 was Chris Wootton who is heavily involved in the Kings Langley Youth Football Club.
To donate to the fundraising page, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/CharliesHeroesDortmund