Boy, seven, to cycle from London to Paris in honour of late father

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A seven-year-old lad volition go 1 of the youngest radical to rhythm betwixt London and Paris arsenic helium raises wealth for a foundation that supported him aft his father’s death.

Rupert Brooke, from Leicestershire, has already raised more than £11,500 for the Children’s Bereavement Centre, astir a week earlier helium starts the challenge.

He said cycling reminded him of the clip spent with his dad, who taught him however to thrust a bike. Rupert’s father, Tom, died successful an mishap astatine enactment erstwhile his lad was 4 years old.

“My ‘Daddy Pig’ was my favourite idiosyncratic successful the full world,” said Rupert. “He was the idiosyncratic I went to for everything: helium made maine laugh, helium made maine consciousness harmless and helium loved maine truthful much.

“And past helium was gone … Nothing was ever the aforesaid again and my beingness was changed for ever.”

He said the Children’s Bereavement Centre had supported him and his mother, Jess, arsenic they processed the loss.

“They helped maine to recognize the hard feelings I was having and introduced maine to different children who cognize however I consciousness truthful that we could person amusive unneurotic and consciousness little alone,” helium explained.

Rupert Brooke with his father, Tom
Rupert Brooke with his father, Tom, who died successful an mishap astatine work. Photograph: household handout

“I privation to rise wealth for the Children’s Bereavement Centre truthful they tin assistance much radical similar Mummy and me.”

From 6 July, Rupert volition beryllium covering 50 miles each time for 4 days alongside his mum.

“I’m incredibly arrogant of Rupert, helium takes my enactment away,” she said. “It’s truly hard to judge that helium does truthful good astatine conscionable seven, peculiarly aft losing his dad.

“I’m truly looking guardant to the challenge. It’s taken a batch of organisation and conscionable to get going present volition beryllium truly fun. I’ve got nary uncertainty he’s going to bash truly good and marque it to Paris.”

Kate Baxter, CEO of the charity, told BBC News that Rupert was “a existent inspiration” and said: “We are perfectly thrilled Rupert has decided to enactment the Children’s Bereavement Centre by taking connected this astonishing challenge.

“It’s an accomplishment for anyone to rhythm 200 miles from London to Paris but for a seven-year-old boy, arsenic acold we are alert the youngest known idiosyncratic to rhythm this route, to instrumentality connected this epic travel is incredible.”