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Brave brothers aged just 9 and 10 cycle 120 miles for Bradley Lowery

THE brothers pose near the Stadium of Light

THE brothers pose near the Stadium of Light

BRAVE brothers Harry and Joe Burrell are cycling 120 miles through driving winds and rain.

But these aren’t adults. They are aged nine and ten and have organised every bit of their coast-to-coast cycling challenge to raise money for Bradley Lowery.

The boys from Wingate have already amassed nearly £700 - nearly £200 more than their original target.

Dad Anthony Burrell, 37, is riding every bit of the way with his sons and they have already tackled around 90 miles of their five-day challenge from Roker Pier to Whitehaven.

Anthony, who works as an engineer at Caterpillar in Peterlee, said: “I am always out on the bike but the boys have never done anything like this before”.

It was Joe, aged nine, who decided he wanted to do something to help after hearing how his football coach had done a charity event for Brdaley.

On Monday morning, Joe browsed the internet to find out more about Bradley, asked dad Anthony and mum Kim, 32, lots of questions about what they could do and decided on the biking challenge.

A huge packed lunch was prepared and the boys set off. They managed 28 miles on the first day, despite riding into the remnants of Hurricane Bertha. They completed another 27 miles on day two and were planning similar distances each day.

Anthony added: “In a bit of a rush Monday morning the bikes were set up, posters were drawn, some padded cycling shorts were purchased for the long journey and a big packed lunch was made.

“And the most important thing the just giving donation page was set up for Bradley Harry and Joe knew it would be a big challenge for them, especially the climbs. The wind on day two made it very hard but Harry and Joe never complained once.”

Bradley, aged three, who lives with his parents Gemma, 31, an NHS health trainer, and builder Carl, 30, in Blackhall, was born with rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

He has since won the hearts of people in both Hartlepool and east Durham.

A huge fundraising drive is underway to raise £500,000. The target has been set for treatment overseas, should he suffer a relapse.

To support the biking brothers, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/HarryandJoeBurrell

 

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