A WESTCLIFF father is planning to cycle 480-miles from Scotland to Leigh in memory of his five-year-old son.
Simon Lamber’s son Archie sadly died in January after two years of treatment for a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma brain tumour.
The 51-year-old has now made it his mission complete the seven-day cycle ride “Leith to Leigh” in memory of his son, and hopes to raise £10,000 for Little Havens, the hospice that cared for Archie during his illness, as well as other charities that helped the family.
Mr Lamber said: “We are eternally grateful for the support and memories Little Havens gave us.
“I was truly humbled by the help and support from the nurses and carers at the hospice. There was nothing they wouldn’t do for us and helped us all.
“It gave us a place where we could just concentrate on spending what time we had left with Archie as a family.”
The planned route has a special meaning, as driving from Edinburgh to Southend, via York, was one of the last trips the family took with Archie.
In heartfelt homage to Archie, who cherished cycling adventures with his father, always accompanied by his beloved toy duck perched on the handlebars, the duck will now accompany Simon on his cycle route.
Mr Lamber added: “I was humbled by how much people helped and how Archie just carried on without any self-pity.
“I want to return this in some way by riding my bike, which Archie loved to go out and about on. I also made a promise to him to do the best I can to raise funds for the charities that helped us, so have been training to do as many charity bike rides as possible.”
To donate towards the ride, which is set for April 15, 2024, visit: justgiving.com/team/ArchieLambert
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