REDDITCH boxers will be swapping gloves for gears as part of charity bike ride for a three-year-old diagnosed with leukaemia.
Staff and members of Viking Boxing anf Fitness Club, as well as workers from Mettis Aerospace, will be donning lycra to cycle 120 miles from Redditch to Weston-Super-Mare to send little Abbey Moran to Florida.
The team of about 15, which includes owner Lar O’Connor, Jimmy Hunt and Tom Whitehead, decided to take on the challenge on July 26, after hearing how the Birmingham youngster was recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Abbey had been a happy and healthy little girl until she started to become more tired than usual at the beginning of last month.
Her mum Debbie put it down to her younger sister waking her up early but she started complaining about climbing the stairs at night and unexplained bruises began to appear on her arms and legs.
After developing a rash she was taken to the doctors on May 19 and was referred to Birmingham Children’s hospital where it was revealed she had the rare form of leukaemia.
The brave youngster will now need treatment for the next two-and-half years and is currently in the middle of her first cycle of chemotherapy.
But the team, who are based at the Millsborough House gym, are now set on sending the tot to Florida for a once in a lifetime holiday.
Lar said they were all hard at work preparing for the ride in a bid to raise as much money as possible.
“We just want to help Abbey and her family in anyway we can and we wish them all the best. It’s going to be tough going.”
Visit www.youcaring.com/abbey-moran-367371 or pop into the gym to donate towards the cause.