Hemel Hempstead-based Camelot Rugby Club came together last month to raise funds for a player’s dad, Chris, who was diagnosed with leukaemia last year.
The team took part in a kids vs parents virtual four nations cycle ride on March 31, attended by more than 100 people, and completed 620 miles between them.
The club aimed to raise £3,000 to support Chris’ family and the charity Leukaemia UK, which funds life-saving research and provides care to those affected by blood cancer. They have currently raised 80 per cent of this target.
Chris’ fiancé Sue Hollick said: “It’s really difficult to put into words how amazing the team are. Our son CJ has been playing for nearly two years with Camelot. Since day one of finding out Chris has acute myeloid leukaemia, all the coaches and parents have just been amazing.
“Myself and Chris have wanted from day one that CJ doesn’t miss out on being a teenager and the club has played a massive part in making sure he doesn’t. Having the guys do the fundraiser is helping massively as we are having to pay for some of the treatment Chris is receiving.”
Co-organiser of the event Michelle McHoul said: “It was important as one of the boys’ families is suffering due to being told his dad has leukaemia. We wanted to include the club as all our children play for Camelot and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without all their help.
“We are all so happy with the money we have raised. It was an amazing night with everyone pulling together. The riding was amazing.”
If you would like to donate and help the club reach their target, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/camelotunder14s-charitycycleride?fbclid=IwAR3oofhmow_JYv85qgbcYAgivAXMMf6tbN7C9zgK-XskOd6NGIUOpdggNyw