Andy Burton will join Tynan Scope on his London to Amsterdam bike ride for Prostate Cancer UK...
A local dad has been inspired by the strength of his son and the generosity of his daughter to complete a charity bike ride to Amsterdam.
Coventry City fan Andy Burton is joining Sky Blues corporate sales manager Tynan Scope on his epic bike ride to the Dutch capital in aid of Prostate Cancer UK this June.
Andy, who runs Dynamic Brands in Hinckley, is a corporate season ticket holder with his son, Charlie, who has cerebral palsy, said he tried to do as much as he could for good causes each year.
And his 12-year-old daughter, Melissa, has already got his fundraising activities started for the event this summer by foregoing birthday presents and asking for donations for her dad.
Andy said: “I like to do what I can for charity – not just those associated with Charlie’s condition – but having a son with a disability does open your eyes to other good causes.
“I’ve done bits for charities relating to brain tumours and then, when I heard Tynan was doing this bike ride, I thought it was another important cause to raise money and awareness for.
“I haven’t done much road cycling but I used to teach spinning classes in a gym so helpfully that will help.
“I am sure it’s going to be hard work but it will be worth it. It was Melissa’s birthday recently and, instead of presents, she asked people to give money to my fundraising effort.
“It felt a bit strange really because it’s such a lovely gesture but I didn’t want her to miss out on having presents for herself. One or two people did donate and also got her a present which was nice and, overall, she has already raised £160 for me.
“I run my own business too so I will probably ask a few people I deal with to sponsor me because it’s important we raise as much money as we can and Melissa’s gesture has given me the perfect start.”
A grateful Tynan added: “I’m delighted that Andy will be joining me on my journey from the Matchroom Stadium to Amsterdam. It will be nice to have a fellow Coventry City fan to chat to during the journey as we raise money for a great cause.”
Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, with a quarter of all new cases of cancer diagnosed in UK men being prostate cancers.
To help support Tynan and Prostate Cancer UK please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TynanScope.
For all the latest on Tynan’s preparation follow him on Twitter to join Tynan on the ride and represent CCFC for the London-Amsterdam cycling challenge. prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam and Sky Blue fans can find more details and sign up at @Tynan2Amsterdam