Portsmouth youngster gets on his bike in memory of grandad

Reggie Aird and his dad Mike set out to cycle 16 miles to raise money for Cancer Research in memory of Reggie's grandad Bob Aird who died of cancer. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150168-3)
Reggie Aird and his dad Mike set out to cycle 16 miles to raise money for Cancer Research in memory of Reggie's grandad Bob Aird who died of cancer. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150168-3)

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DETERMINED to do something to remember his grandad, a boy from Portsmouth has embarked on a fundraising mission.

Reggie Aird, eight, lost his grandad Bob, 59, to lung cancer in October 2013.

So he decided to do a bike ride with his dad Mike to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Michael said: ‘I was so proud when he completed the ride and he has raised more money than he thought he was going to in memory of my dad – his grandad.

‘He had been dragging me for cycle trips since he got his new bike at Christmas and he was so confident but when it came to the day Reggie struggled a bit on some of the way round due to the wind.’

The pair cycled up and down the harbour shoreline near the Mountbatten Centre, supported by friends and family cheering all the way, until they reached 16 miles.

Reggie’s mum Jodie said: ‘There were so many of us there, backing him all the way and willing them not to stop.’

But it was an emotional day for all the family, including Reggie’s grandmother and Bob’s five grandchildren.

Jodie said: ‘His nan couldn’t stop crying. It was so touching to see him raising money and thinking about his grandad. I think I was the worst, though. I woke up crying – I was just so proud of him.’

Reggie’s appeal to raise money started eight weeks before the ride after watching the ITV’s The Chase.

Jodie said: ‘He kept asking why all the celebrities were able to give money away to charities.’

Reggie said that he wanted to give his Christmas money away but, with the help of his family, the Isambard Brunel Junior School pupil wrote to Cancer Research UK to get forms for sponsors to sign.

Through his hard work the youngster managed to raise £800.

‘We were so grateful that everyone donated and came out to support,’ said Jodie.

This is not the end of Reggie’s charity events as he wants to complete a longer bike ride next year.