A leukaemia patient who took on a cycling challenge during August has raised nearly £4,500 for a number of health causes, including Bay Hospitals Charity. 

Jacob Walker, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2020, is still receiving treatment for his condition but did not let that stop him from setting the target of cycling 200 miles in a month. 

Jacob, 13, was joined for his daily rides by mum Anja and various friends and family members. 

The challenge was made even harder when he caught Covid at the start of August and then received a course of chemotherapy towards the end of the month. 

Anja said: “He has done amazingly, and we are so proud of how far he has cycled. It was very challenging for him!” 

Further funds were raised at a family fun day at the Dog & Partridge pub in Bare Lane, Morecambe, on Saturday 27 August. 

Sponsorship money is being 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. 

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: “Jacob has shown real courage to take on this challenge alongside his treatment. 

“He should be so proud of his cycling achievements, as well as his incredible fund-raising total.” 

To donate and support your local NHS hospital, contact Bay Hospitals Charity on 01524 516064 or email [email protected] 

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