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Mersey & Manchester MPs unite to lead ride in memory of Leah
Monday 18th March, 2013

Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram set to put Red v Blue rivalry to one side for charity bike ride from Salford to Walton in aid of Walton Centre.

Andy Burnham MP and Steve Rotherham MP are set to put friendly footballing rivalry to one side to take part in a charity bike ride for the Walton Centre in memory of Leah Davies.

Leah was 19yrs old when she was involved in a road accident in July 2012 and died as a result of her injuries, which included Brain and Spinal trauma in August 2012 at Salford Royal Hospital.

Leah’s family were able to spend precious time alongside Leah whist she fought for her life in the relatives accommodation unit at Salford Royal. Currently, the Walton Centre does not have a facility to support relatives staying, requiring them to spend from within their own personal resources to remain close to their loved ones.

The charity bike ride is set to take place on Sunday 24th March at 11am to raise money for the ‘Home from Home’ appeal for The Walton Centre in Liverpool. The bike ride will cover the 28 miles from Salford Royal Hospital to The Walton Centre in Liverpool.

An online donation page has been set up at:
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Loveleah

British Cycling and Bike sponsor Pinarello are providing Andy Burnham MP and Steve Rotheram MP with cycles and equipment. As we are all raising funds for the Walton Centre, the MPs want to promote cycling in the North West and the idea that it is possible to make longer journeys by bike.

Andy Burnham MP said:

"As a resident of the area in which Leah lived, I have seen at first hand how the loss of Leah has deeply affected the whole community in Golborne and Lowton. She was loved by so many and, on Sunday, her generous and giving spirit will live on as we come together to raise money for a centre which is, quite simply, the NHS at its best and the pride of the North West."

Steve Rotheram MP said:

"When Andy and I met Leah's family, we were humbled by their determination to turn personal tragedy into a positive drive for the common good. We're not the best cyclists in the world but we're getting on our bikes to show our support for Leah and her family as they raise funds for this most worthiest of causes. The Walton Centre helps thousands of people from across the North West and the country every year and I am proud to have it in my constituency."


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