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Fundraiser Ben Coope is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for charity by cycling to work every day this month dressed as Santa.

Mr Coope, 32, is cycling 15 miles from his home in Byram into Leeds city centre to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.

The insurance worker is hoping to raise more than £200 for the charity.

He said: “When I first started doing it nobody really understood what was going on but now it’s getting nearer to Christmas I’m getting a really good reaction.

“Everybody is beeping and cheering as they drive past and that’s great because hopefully it will raise awareness.”

Mr Coope, of Park Road, is raising money for the MND Association after a work colleague was diagnosed with the condition.

He said: “I just want to raise as much money as I can and I think Christmas time is one of the best times to do it.

“Everyone feels generous and hopefully will donate what they can to the charity.

“All donations are massively welcome.”

MND is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord.

This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.

Mr Coope has raised around £120 for the charity so far.

For more information on his challenge or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/cyclingben