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.”