David gets on his bike for cancer baby Alfie

David gets on his bike for cancer baby Alfie

ROADSWEEPER David Blakeley is to go the extra mile for a baby with a rare form of eye cancer.

David, known from his route around Westtown and Halifax Road in Dewsbury, will cycle to Scarborough tomorrow (Saturday).

He aims to complete the sponsored 80-mile ride from his home in Ravensthorpe in eight hours.

Kirklees Council workman David is riding the event for four-month-old Alfie McKenna-Taylor, who has retinoblastoma.

Alfie is being treated for the condition, which is cancer of the retina, with chemotherapy in Leeds.

It is hoped the regimen will shrink the tumour enough for it be destroyed by a laser.

Alfie and his family, of Scarborough, are being looked after at Leeds General Infirmary by children’s charity Candlelighters.

David wants to raise £800 for the group, which was founded in 1976 and has a play area next to the children’s ward.

Alfie’s grandmother, Beverley Midwood, formerly of Ravensthorpe, has been a family friend of David’s for more than 40 years.

His cycle destination is Beverley’s hotel the Beiderbecke, where she plans to host a barbeque in his honour.

Alfie’s mum, Janine McKenna, 23, praised Candlelighters and said: “They offer financial and other help to parents.

“They’ve got a great play room and have respite care so parents can have a break.

“And they even helped us with foot and handprints of Alfie because we were not at home long enough to do that ourselves.”

David vowed to complete the route and added: “I’ve been in training for the last two months, and also the roadsweeping helps keep me fit.”

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/alfiesbikeride.

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