Phoenix's big ride for Martin House

14 October 2019
A Bradford boy who took on an epic cycling challenge on his seventh birthday has raised more than £1,700 for Martin House.

Phoenix Kitcher-Page cycled 19 miles from his home in East Morton to Leeds Railway Station on June 2nd – his seventh birthday – with his parents supporting him along the way.

He had originally hoped to raise £250 with the sponsored cycle, but smashed his target by raising an impressive £1,756.03.

Phoenix came up with the idea to fundraise for Martin House following the death of his great-grandfather in 2018.

His mum Ruth said: “While we’ve always had an open dialogue about death and dying, this really brought things home and all of my children felt the loss and sadness that a death brings.

“Just before Christmas, Phoenix came to me, totally unprompted and said he wanted to do something to raise money to help people.”

After considering a 24-hour sponsored floss, Phoenix came up with the idea of the bike ride, and chose to support Martin House.

Martin House cares for children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across West, North and East Yorkshire, supporting families at its hospice and in their own homes. Around a third of the families currently supported by Martin House are from the Bradford district.

Ruth added: “Phoenix said he wanted to raise money for children who are ill and he wanted the money to give them a nice surprise or to give them something to make them happy.”

Phoenix, with the help of his siblings, collected sponsorship from friends and family, while Guiseley Football Club, where Phoenix plays for a junior team each week, also held a bucket collection at one of its games to boost the total.

Ruth said: “I am hugely proud of Phoenix and all he has achieved, but more than that I have been humbled by him.

“This selfless and genuine act of love, kindness and compassion for strangers at such a young age has inspired me to do more for others too. He is a very special boy with such a massive heart and I love him dearly.”

Chris Verney, regional fundraiser at Martin House, said: “It’s inspiring to see someone as young as Phoenix taking on such a big challenge to help other children.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to him for raising such a magnificent amount of money – it really will help the children and young people we support.”