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A biker has organized a charity ride around the coast of mainland Britain to raise funds for a young boy with an incurable disease.

Darren Haslam, of Church, near Accrington, organized “Jeffrey’s Biker Journey” to raise funds for five-year-old Jeffrey Charlesworth, who was diagnosed with Batten disease; a fatal disease of the nervous system.

The ride will see teddy bear ‘Jeff DaBear’ cross the country on a biker relay tour of Britain’s mainland coast.

Beginning and ending in Jeffrey’s hometown of Accrington, the Bear is currently in Exeter.

Darren says he hopes the event will raise funds for Jeffrey’s family as well as raise awareness about Batten’s disease.

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Darren – who discovered Jeffrey’s diagnosis through his son’s girlfriend, who is a cousin of Jeffrey’s father, Andrew – said he felt obligated to help when he found out about the family history.

He said: “We are not a family but I just heard about a little boy from Accrington and I looked at what Batten was and I was horrified and I could not imagine what the family had to go through, so I just felt compelled to help somehow.

“I knew what the biker fraternity was and I knew they would embrace this cause.

“It’s epic – if we can get the bear to go all the way around, that would be a pretty epic feat.



The riders of Jeffrey’s Biker Journey

“So far we have raised £ 4,000 and we have five weeks left – through the sale of t-shirts, patches, stickers, as well as a voluntary donation of £ 10 to participate in the race as well. only sympathizers of the non-cycling community.

The journey will run over the next five weekends, culminating with a stop from Blackpool to Accrington on Sunday 10 October.

After arranging the ride via social media by contacting motorcycle groups across the country, Darren said he was thrilled with the support being provided across the country, InYourArea reports.

“It’s just word of mouth and getting people to like and share. It was exceptional, ”said Darren.

“We have contacted some Scottish bikers so Jeff DaBear is going to take the ferry to Orkney – he is going to live in Orkney for the week. They have organized the shortest commercial flight for him which will be fantastic.

“People across the country have really embraced it. “

Hopefully Jeffrey is doing well enough to walk mum Sheryl Lawson down the aisle when she marries her fiance Andrew later this year.

Daren added that Jeffrey’s parents were overwhelmed by the number of participants.

He said: “I think they’re outdated, to be honest. Colin, Jeffrey’s grandfather, contacted us and said he felt a little pointless so he went out to buy a motorbike and joined us for the first leg.

“Jeffrey’s dad Andy passed his bike test and rode the first and second stages to Rhyl on his very first bike ride.

“I think they’re a little overwhelmed that people from all over the country who have no connection to a little boy in Accington have come together to participate.”

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