Tragic Sheffield baby’s family raise thousands with cycle

Bike ride raises thousands for infant charities      Starters at Dunford Bridge
Bike ride raises thousands for infant charities Starters at Dunford Bridge
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THE family of a baby boy who died suddenly aged just seven weeks raised thousands of pounds with a bike ride in his memory.

Olli Ellis-Burton, from Firth Park, was a victim of cot death, and his relatives organised the cycle to mark what would have been his first birthday.

His uncle Leigh Yates planned a route over the Transpennine Trail from Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium to Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane, where Olli has a plaque in the memorial garden.

The team also featured Olli’s grandfather Marc and colleagues from surgical instrument firm Sheffield Precision Medical.

Leigh spent hours marking the 62-mile trail, which took the cyclists through Wharncliffe Woods before arriving at the Blades’ ground.

More than £6,000 was raised in total, and all proceeds will be split between the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, and the mortuary at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Noel Yates, Olli’s great-grandfather, said: “It was terrible to lose Olli so young and it’s had a devastating effect on the family.

“I am glad so many people joined the ride and we had such a great day. I’m really pleased so much money has been raised.”

Olli’s parents, Lee and Sam, also collected £1,100 with a concert at Firth Park Working Men’s Club.

Another charity bike ride and concert will take place next year.