Father and son get on their bikes for charity

Father and son Ian and Sam Meek are taking part in a 200 mile charity bike ride for Andrea's Gift.
Father and son Ian and Sam Meek are taking part in a 200 mile charity bike ride for Andrea's Gift.

DAD and son Ian and Sam Meek – who have raised £55,000 for a cancer charity – are gearing up for their next challenge.

Mr Meek, 41, is receiving treatment for a brain tumour and is hoping to raise even more money for charity Andrea’s Gift during a 200-mile bike ride from Bristol to Bingley in April.

The dad-of-three, of The Drive, Kippax, will be joined for the challenge by his 13-year-old son Sam, a pupil at Allerton Bywater’s Brigshaw High School.

Last year, the pair raised thousands of pounds for the charity through a variety of gruelling feats.

Mr Meek said: “Sam was unreal last year, walking the Yorkshire three peaks twice and walking the national three peaks once.

“I spent most of the days looking at the back of his head. The cycle ride will probably be much the same and when I need a rock to get me to the finish line my son will be it.

“Proud is a word that does not cover what I feel as a parent.”

Mr Meek was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1994, which initially was benign – but in 2009 he was told it had become malignant.

He has since undergone operations, radiotherapy and chemotherapy but it is impossible for surgeons to remove the tumour.

The dad and his sporty son will join cyclists travelling from the bases of two brain tumour charities, Hammer Out in Bristol to Andrea’s Gift in Bingley.

Sam, who plays for Glass Houghton Welfare, said: “I’m looking forward to the cycling challenge. The last 40 miles will be the hardest as there are lots of hills but I’m confident I’ll finish the challenge in less than 24 hours.”

Visit www.meeks200miles.org.uk or www.twitter.com/meeks200miles to support their campaign.