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#21ForDolan: Reading FC Fans Biking To Bristol For Charity

This weekend's trip to Bristol City seems like an easy journey down the M4 for most, but Reading fans Will Davis and Ben Strickland are heading west on their bikes to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Destination Ashton Gate
Destination Ashton Gate
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In support of Eamonn Dolan's recovery from cancer, the Reading FC academy boss who recently underwent chemotherapy, Royals fans began the #21ForDolan campaign. So far it has seen a wealth of fans and players past and present come together on social media for Dolan, culminating in a minute's applause during the 0-0 home draw with Leeds United during the 21st minute.

Berkshire-resident Will Davis and Ben Strickland both support the Royals and enjoy cycling, and are now combining their passions to target raising £1000 for Cancer Research UK for cycling the 120km journey from Berkshire to Ashton Gate. It was initially £400, but having smashed through that target the boys have currently reached £745 at time of writing.

Click here to donate to their #21ForDolan JustGiving page.

Mr Strickland has previous in cycling for charity, raising money for Cancer Research UK by biking to Portugal, a 2000km journey, as well as cycling to Rome. He spoke to GetReading about how this ride came about.

"We saw the applause from the fans at the Leeds game and it definitely inspired us."

"Seeing the response from both sets of fans, with the Leeds’ fans applauding as well, shows that football is a great way of raising awareness for causes like these.

"We saw that Bristol away is 120km and thought it would be an ideal distance, as we could do it in the morning and watch the game in the afternoon.

"It’s a bit easier than riding to Middlesbrough, and we have friends in Bristol too, so we have somewhere to put our bikes and get a shower, but whether we will be cycling back is yet to be decided."

The guys appeared on the pitch at half-time of the Derby game, Mr Davis having this to say:

"I went to university in Bristol so I have always fancied doing the cycle from home to Bristol. I knew this away game would be a good one and likely to sell out."

"Bristol is the perfect distance to be able to cycle in the morning before a game as well, but we couldn't hack a trip to Leeds just yet."

So donate to the worthy cause if you've got some spare change and want to support the #21ForDolan campaign, and if you see them in the away end in Bristol give them a big pat on the back!

Best of luck from all at The Tilehurst End.