A leukaemia patient aims to cycle 200 miles in August to raise £5,000 for a number of health causes, including Bay Hospitals Charity.

Jacob Walker, 13, from Heysham, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in August 2020.

Despite still undergoing regular treatment for his condition, the Morecambe Bay Academy pupil aims to ride around six-and-a-half miles every day during his challenge.

Mum Anja said: “Our boy is so strong, a true warrior! He takes lots of medication to help with leg and bone pain, blood tests every fortnight and after the monthly chemotherapy he struggles for around a week with side effects.

“He also has to take steroids for five days after this chemo which gives him hunger cravings and makes his emotions all over the place.

“He goes through all this yet to you he looks well, goes to school, goes out with his mates, wears a big smile on his face with the thoughts, the feelings, the what ifs all hidden from view.”

Jacob has started training for his challenge. Sponsorship money will be split between Bay Hospitals Charity (for the Children’s Ward at Royal Lancaster Infirmary) as well as Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, children’s brain tumour and cancer charity Team Reece, Lancaster charity CancerCare and the Rainbow Trust charity.

During the challenge he will ride with dad Daniel, mum Anja and Nana Janice, as well as anyone else who would like to join him.

Bay Hospitals Charity funds the latest equipment for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust to help make patients more comfortable and ensure they get the best possible care and treatment.

UHMBT Non-Executive Director Adrian Leather said: “Well done to Jacob for taking on this challenge! It’s fantastic to see him supporting Bay Hospitals Charity and all his other chosen causes at the same time as continuing his treatment.

“He is showing amazing bravery and resilience, and should be really proud of what he is doing.”

The family aims to raise further funds towards Jacob’s total with a family fun day at the Dog & Partridge pub in Bare Lane, Morecambe, from noon to 5pm on Saturday August 27.

To donate and support your local NHS hospital, contact Bay Hospitals Charity on 01524 516064 or email charity@mbht.nhs.uk

To donate to Jacob’s fundraising total, visit www.gofundme.com/f/jacob-walkers-cycle200-fundraiser-challenge.

To arrange to join Jacob on his daily rides, email anjanwalks@gmail.com