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Thousands Raised In Motorbike Ride For Darcy

Wednesday July 3 2013


Hundreds raise thousands for Darcy Hundreds raise thousands for Darcy


ABOUT 200 bikers raised more than £3,500 for a girl with a terminal brain tumour.

They rode from Sherburn-in-Elmet to Wombwell to raise money for Darcy's Days, a charity for five-year-old Darcy Burke, of Beech Court, Darfield, to have new experiences this summer.

Darcy herself was harnessed to the front of a motorbike for a short ride up Hough Lane to Wombwell Main Cricket Club where there were bands and a bouncy castle.

One of the bikers, Dan Hockey, said the conditions weren't ideal but it was all for a good cause. He said: "Hundreds of bikes turned out on the morning which was amazing, as the conditions weren't great for motorcycling, with fast winds and rain.

"But they adopted our motto for the day of 'we ain't made of sugar are we?' and braved the rain and winds."

Darcy was diagnosed with pontine glioma - a rare brain stem tumour - in April after experiencing headaches for several months.

In May she began radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments to extend her life expectancy from nine to 15 months.

In the meantime, parents Joanne Willis, of Beech Court, Darfield and Dave Burke, of Aldham House Lane, Wombwell have dedicated themselves to raising as much money as possible to give Darcy a wonderful summer.

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