Brothers bike for schoolmate Alex as part of ‘Do it for Dawson’ campaign

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TWO teenage brothers cycled more than 1,000 miles in a special tribute to their school friend.

Al Fraser, 17, and brother Rob, 15, completed the 11-day voyage from Land’s End to John O’Groats as part of ‘Do it for Dawson’ – the campaign launched in memory of QEGS pupil Alex Dawson, who lost his fight to bone cancer in 2007.

Alex Dawson -obit.

Alex Dawson -obit.

The duo, who travelled the whole distance on a tandem bike, were joined by grandparents Jim and Roselyne who used their caravan as a support vehicle along the way.

And even though the boys have already hit their £1,000 target for the Teenage Cancer Trust, they are hoping to raise even more money for the charity.

Al said: “We decided to raise money for the teenage cancer trust. It seemed a great opportunity to raise money for people less fortunate than ourselves.

“We’ve raised £1,400 so far on the Just Giving page and would like to see if we could raise any more while we’re at it.”

The brothers - who both cycle regularly from their Denby Dale family home - used the tandem so they could spur each other on along the way.

Al said: “We kept each other going. It’s good not to get too separated if one of us was getting tired. Some days we were doing about 14 hours of cycling, but then we’d eat pub meals every night.

“Our support vehicle was our grandparents’ caravan. They stayed at various campsites along the way. We caught them up and stayed with them.”

QEGS school pupil Alex Dawson was just 16 when he died from a very rare and aggressive form of osteosarcoma in 2007.

Since his death, friends and family have joined forces to keep his memory alive though annual ‘Do it for Dawson’ fundraisers.

To sponsor Al and Rob go to