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Schoolboy's cycle marathon in memory of father

Finn Robinson, 8, with dad Adam. Photo: Family photo

An eight-year-old boy from East Lancashire is taking part in a cycle marathon to raise money in memory of his father.

Adam Robinson, from Sough, Earby, died last May from a rare form of cancer at the age of 44.

His son Finn, from Dotcliffe Road, Kelbrook, will join his uncles Gareth and Neil on the first leg of the 500km charity cycle journey in July.

Adam Robinson on his bike with Finn in the child seat. Credit: Family photo

Finn, a pupil at Kelbrook Primary school, said: "I miss my Daddy and wish I could have him back, but this bike ride is a good opportunity to raise money for St Gemma’s so that they can help other people."

St Gemma's hospice in Leeds cared for Adam during the last few weeks of his life.

They also run specialist children’s counselling and therapy sessions for bereaved youngsters.

Finn said: "When my Daddy was ill I used to visit him at St Gemma’s. It is really nice there, they have a good play area, and everyone is kind."

Finn Robinson is taking part in the London to Paris cycle race in memory of his father, Adam. Credit: Family photo

Before Adam was diagnosed with duodenum, he used to pick his son up from school on his bike and take him cycling by a canal near their home.

Finn said: “I want to cycle as far as I can, I can usually do about five miles, so I might be able to do about 20 if my uncles pull me along!"

Finn's uncle Neil, 40, who will attempt the full five-day marathon said the training had given the grieving family "something positive to focus on."

Neil, of Lower East Avenue, Barnoldswick, said: “Adam’s death has left a big space in our lives.

"It just totally floored the whole family and everyone who knew him.

"You just don’t expect to lose your brother at the age of 44.

“Adam liked to go out cycling and Finn does too, so the bike ride seemed like the right thing to do to raise funds and awareness. Doing something like this gives us something positive to focus on.”

To donate to the campaign, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/adam.robinson1