Caring Ben and friends’ bike bid in memory of cousin Beth

Thorne Trinity Academy student Ben Wooldridge, 17, will be completing a charity bike ride in honour of his cousin Beth Fitzpatrick, 14, who died of cancer on Mothers Day . Picture: Liz Mockler T0319LM
Thorne Trinity Academy student Ben Wooldridge, 17, will be completing a charity bike ride in honour of his cousin Beth Fitzpatrick, 14, who died of cancer on Mothers Day . Picture: Liz Mockler T0319LM
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A STUDENT has completed a 13-mile sponsored bike ride in memory of his teenage cousin who died from cancer.

Ben Wooldridge, aged 17, aims to raise as much money as possible for the charity which helped 14-year-old Beth Fitzpatrick before her death.

Beth, a pupil at Cantley’s McAuley Catholic High School, died in hospital after a four-month fight against the disease.

Ben rode from his home village of Moorends to Doncaster Lakeside along with a group of friends.

Doncaster-raised West End star Sheridan Smith, who had been in contact with Beth during her illness, started the sponsorship ball rolling by giving a £200 donation.

Ben, who is studying towards A Levels at Trinity Academy in Thorne, will hand over all the money to the Teenage Cancer Trust charity.

He said: “I was really close to Beth and our families used to go on holiday together.

“What the charity did for the whole family was fantastic.

“Staff kept Beth happy and made sure she was okay while she was having treatment.

“They also reassured Beth’s mum and dad during difficult times.”

Ben, of Park Road, was joined on the bike ride by friends Liam Ridgill, Adam Day, Paul Seely and Jake Browne.

They set off from The Winning Post in Marshland Road on Saturday morning, before travelling through Hatfield and Edenthorpe towards Lakeside.

To sponsor Ben and his friends visit www.justgiving.com/beth-fitzpatrick

Ben’s dad Nigel Wooldridge said: “I’m proud of him for doing something positive for Beth.”