Get on your bike in memory of Ben

Bike4Ben - Tony Waller, Claire Parkin, Chelsea and Millie Waites, Karl Canning and Fiona Waller have organised a bike ride in memory of Ben Waller who died of a rare form of cancer in September 2010. (P552A315)
Bike4Ben - Tony Waller, Claire Parkin, Chelsea and Millie Waites, Karl Canning and Fiona Waller have organised a bike ride in memory of Ben Waller who died of a rare form of cancer in September 2010. (P552A315)

Family and friends are gearing up for a bike challenge in memory of a 23-year-old who died from a rare form of cancer.

Ben Waller, of Knottingley died in September 2010 after being struck with Burkitt’s lymphoma.

The former Knottingley High School and Pontefract NEW College student was diagnosed with the disease - which only affects 200 people a year in the UK - just six weeks before his death.

His dad Tony Waller has organised many fundraising events to keep Ben’s memory alive and raise money for the Lymphoma Research Trust.

Since the first Bike4Ben in 2011, the event has raised more than £12,500 for the charity.

Bike4Ben3 takes place on Sunday, April 14 with three routes all starting and finishing at the Darrington Hotel, on Estcourt Road.

There is a 40 mile route, a 20 mile route and an additional five mile route aimed mainly at children.

Tony Waller said: “It’s important that Burkitt’s lymphoma is thoroughly researched as little is know about the cause of the disease. It can turn a previously healthy person very unwell in just a matter of weeks.”

To register for the event visit www.justgiving.com/tony-waller and donate an entry fee of £5 per person.

Registration is available on the day from 9am to 9.45am with an entry fee of £10 for adults or £5 for children.

Participants should aim to raise at least £25 each.

The event begins at 10am and there are three routes - a 40 mile route, 25 mile route and a new five mile route aimed mainly at children.

For more information visit www.justgiving.com/tony-waller