Wigan Warriors fan's cycle ride is in league of its own

Retired police officer Ken Flewitt, with Bella Morris, five, and her mum Natalie Stevenson
Retired police officer Ken Flewitt, with Bella Morris, five, and her mum Natalie Stevenson

A Wigan Warriors fan is planning to get back in the saddle to help a rugby league themed appeal for a courageous five-year-old.

Retired police officer Ken Flewitt is already a veteran of the UK’s four points challenge, taking him to all corners of the British Isles.

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And now the 56-year-old is preparing to visit all 12 SuperLeague grounds, next month, in aid of The Rainbow Dream charity, inspired by Bella Morris, who has a rare genetic condition.

Bella, whose mum Natalie Stevenson, works at Wigan Infirmary, has Vanishing White Matter Disease, a degenerative illness for which there is currently no known relief.

Ken’s son Jacob plays in the same under-10s RL side, Chorley Panthers, as Bella’s brother Tyler and the former officer has fund-raised for her cause before.

Though the 1,000 mile plus challenge he has mapped out is definitely in a league of its own.

He said: “We were talking about something like this during the Super Eights last year and I’d not thought about it for a while.

“But one of the mums brought it up again and the pressure was on to get something arranged!”

His itinerary is still being fine-tuned but he has already had a positive response from Catalans Dragons, where he will start his odyssey.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the likes of former Wigan players like Micky McIlorum and Lewis Tierney, while I’m out there, to kick everything off,” added Ken, who lives in Whittle-le-Woods.

Bella’s mum Natalie added: “We all think he’s a bit crazy but this is the longest and hardest ride which he has done for Bella.

“We just hope we can get people on board and raise awareness of the condition. We’re wishing him all the best.”

Departing Perpignan, the ride will continue through France and Belgium, before he takes a ferry from Zeebrugge to Hull.

His journey will wind its way through the various clubs before culminating at the DW Stadium on July 27, in time for the Warriors’ final regular season clash with the Dragons. Part of his appeal will see funds also donated to Derian House children’s hospice.

Ken’s Just Giving fund-raising page, where people can pledge their support, is online here