How six-year-old Northumberland charity cyclist has become a celebrity

A six-year-old charity cyclist has taken on celebrity status with wellwishers stopping him to thank him for his efforts and to give him more money.

Sunday, 5th July 2020, 7:00 am
Ru Marley celebrates after cycling 100 miles for charity.
Ru Marley celebrates after cycling 100 miles for charity.

After quickly smashing his target of raising £50 by cycling 50 miles with his parents, the Longhoughton Primary School pupil decided to continue his quest by doubling the distance and has now received more than £1,400 in donations after completing his 100-mile quest.

The total has been boosted recently by people who have recognised him after reading our initial story.

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Six-year-old Ru Marley set up his own cycling challenge to raise funds for North East Ambulance Service's charity.

Dad Tim, 36, who is air and space operations manager at RAF Boulmer, said: “He has been stopped on the road by people who recognise him after reading the first story in the Gazette.

“They will either give him money or ask him to stop outside their home when he is next passing.

“Everyone has been very generous and Ru is busy writing a thank you message at the moment.”

Ru decided to raise money for the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) after watching pictures of Captain Sir Tom supporting NHS Charities Together by walking laps of his Bedfordshire garden.

After initially setting himself a £1,000 target, Captain Sir Tom’s appeal captured the nation’s hearts and eventually raised nearly £33m.

Ru, his dad and mum Katrina Marley, 35, who have mainly cycled around the Longhoughton, Howick and Boulmer areas, chose NEAS’s Charity Fund because they have friends and neighbours who work for the service.

The fund uses donations to recruit and support its volunteers and to finance lifesaving equipment such as defibrillators.

Ru's fundraising campaign has also had a fringe benefit for him.

Tim explained: “He has managed to get a new bike out of it.

“He thought if he was going to all this trouble then he might as well have something with gears. But he deserves it.”

To help Ru's appeal reach £1,500, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ruaridhmarley

Further information about NEAS’s Charity Fund is also available at www.neas.nhs.uk/get-involved/making-a-donation.aspx

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