TWO brothers are riding the length of the UK in memory of a tragic Wigan teenager.
Daniel Abram, 12 and Kieron Wright, 11, from Worsley Hall, are half-way through the impressive feat of cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End as a tribuite to Carly Fairhurst and are raising funds for her charity.
The brothers are splitting the 875-mile journey and riding roughly a half each with their grandfather Curly.
Speaking at the hand over at the DW Stadium, Curly said: “I didn’t quite imagine how tough it would be but it really has been hard work and the lads have done amazingly well.
“I don’t think you can appreciate how far it is to cycle until you do it and the boys have been an inspiration. Kieron has done so well and now its Daniel’s turn to ride the rest of the way and then the whole family are meeting up to celebrate at the end.”
Together with their eight year old sister Ellie, the boys have been raising funds in memory of Carly for a number of years, as their family are friends with Carly’s dad Trevor.
Kieron, who goes to Abram Guest Academy, said: “I used to do jumble sales for Carly and it just seemed a fun thing to do the bike rise. It has been good, but really hard work and I’m looking forward to having a rest and letting Daniel do the next bit.”
Nineteen year-old Carly died in February 2006 at the hands of her abusive boyfriend Darren Pilkington who had killed before and is now serving an indeterminate jail sentence for Carly’s manslaughter.
Since then her parents have raised tens of thousands of pounds in Carly’s name for Wigan Victim Support so it can continue providing counselling services.
Trevor said: “I’m really touched by the boys’ gesture and it is a real achievement and they should be really proud of themselves.”
Grandad Curly, from Exeter, is raising money for the West of England School for the blind, which is in desperate need of funding fro a new minibus.
If you want to find out more visit Curly’s website and blog at www.curlyscyclechallenge.moonfruit.com
Anybody wishing to donate to Carly’s charity on behalf of the boys ride can ring Mr Fairhurst on 07749 325603 or visit www.thecarlyfund.co.uk