TWO Wirral teenagers got on their bikes to raise money for charity after being inspired by Tranmere star Joe Thompson’s battle with cancer.
Joe Danson and George Cain pedalled a gruelling 35 miles round Wirral in a fundraiser for Cancer Research.
The pair took just under seven hours to complete the Wirral Circular Trail, raising hundreds of pounds in the process.
Rovers winger Thompson, 24, has been diagnosed with nodular sclerosing Hodgkin’s disease, a rare form of cancer.
News of his illness broke at the beginning of the month, and more than 9,000 football fans joined in a minute’s applause for the player during Tranmere’s 1-1 draw at Preston.
Inspired by the star’s plight, Tranmere season ticket holder Joe, 15, from Barnston, and his friend George, 14, of Heswall, took on the 35-mile trail at the weekend.
Proud mum Barbara Danson said: “He’s a huge Tranmere fan and Joe Thompson was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s so off their own back they just did it. They did the Wirral Circular Trail and they did 35 miles in just under seven hours.”
The Neston High pupils have so far raised around £600 from their ride.
Mrs Danson added: “I’m really proud – they were a bit in pain when they finished but after a good soak in the bath they were fine.”