A BIKE ride in memory of the late Andy Parker has raised £4,268 for Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group.

The Andy Parker Cup is a yearly football seven-a-side charity event played in Andy’s memory which has raised thousands of pounds mainly for defibrillators for local schools and cancer charities since 2010.

Unfortunately due to the coronavirus epidemic the event had to be cancelled this year. However, this did not deter Andy’s family, as Andy’s brother Rob from Widnes decided to organise a 25 mile bike ride to raise money for the cancer support group.

The 25 mile bike ride took place on Saturday 23rd May, starting at McDonald's at the bottom of Dundalk Road. The trail included cycling through places such as the Runcorn Bridge into the old town, Bridgewater canal path, the Latchford Locks, picking up the trans pennine trail back to Widnes and finishing at the Corpy Club carpark.

Expressing his gratitude to all involved, Rob said: "A special thanks to all the 24 riders who took part and a big thank you to Andy Rice and family and Chrysaor for their donations.

Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group added: "It's so amazing that, once again, those who support the Andy Parker Cup every year have chosen to raise money for our charity.

"We are overwhelmed at their fundraising efforts."