Father's cycle ride raises funds for son

A PROUD father cycled more than 70 miles to raise funds for his seriously ill son.Barry Riseborough from Holton, near Halesworth, is only five years old and suffers from two brain tumours.

A PROUD father cycled more than 70 miles to raise funds for his seriously ill son.

Barry Riseborough from Holton, near Halesworth, is only five years old and suffers from two brain tumours.

He has had an operation to remove one of the tumours and has just completed his latest course of chemotherapy to tackle the other.

Despite his hardship and the fact that the treatment leaves him extremely tired Barry has never lost the mischievous smile that his parents, family and friends adore.


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Barry's father, also named Barry, and family friend Robert Thurston cycled from Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge to Holton. The journey of more than 70 miles took eight-and-a-half hours to complete.

"Little Barry and his mother make the return journey to Addenbrooke's all the time so we decided to have a sponsored cycle ride from the hospital to Holton," said Mr Riseborough.

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The efforts of the two men were supported by family and friends and they hope to have raised about £1,000 for Barry's fund.

Julie Riseborough has opened a special bank account to help her son in any way she can.

"We just want to give Barry the best quality of life we can," she said.

A group of family and friends were waiting to greet the two cyclists when they arrived at Holton early on Saturday evening.

Mr Thurston said: "It was a fine journey and we hope it will help little Barry. Barry's condition is unusual as the two tumours are different.

"We have been told just how serious his condition is as one of the tumours is considered aggressive," said Mrs Riseborough.

Her son has been having regular chemotherapy treatment at the James Paget Hospital at Gorleston but has also been having treatment at Addenbrooke's.

"Unfortuantely he has been feeling extremely tired lately and that has meant he has not been well enough to attend school.

"But nothing seems to get him down and he has never lost that winning smile," said Mrs Riseborough.

Barry's plight has touched the hearts of everyone who knows him and local residents have organised events to help pay towards the family's transport to and from hospital.

Last summer Barry and his family were able to go to EuroDisney after the youngster was nominated to the Make A Wish Foundation.

"Barry enjoyed that so much we would love to be able to take him back there," said Mrs Riseborough.

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