Staff and players from Dragons Academy will be saddling up and hitting the roads around Gwent next week for a special cycling fundraiser.
The next generation of Dragons are aiming to raise vital funds for Leukaemia UK after Sam Peard – the brother of Academy second row prospect Joe – was recently diagnosed with leukaemia.
Keen all-round sportsman Sam, who plays for Whiteheads RFC, has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and members of the Dragons Academy will now be cycling to show support for him and his family.
Members of the Under-18 and Transition Academy have been split into groups, based on where they live, to meet up and each clock up 100 miles during the week.
Academy staff Matt O’Brien, Sam Hobbs, Rhodri West, Gwern James and Nia Morgans will also be taking part in the charity challenge as the section bids to raise at least £1,000.
Matt O’Brien, Backs Coach for Dragons Academy, said: “We were all keen to show our support for Sam, Joe and the Peard family so came up with #PedalForPeard.
“During a week off from training the players will take part in small groups and even the staff will get on bikes – some faster than others!
“It’s all for a very important cause as we look to help Leukaemia UK so the charity can continue to fund life-saving research and care.”
For over 40 years, Leukaemia UK has been making a difference to those living with blood cancer by funding essential emotional support, key hospital facilities, giving critical financial relief and funding innovative research into better care and treatments for blood cancers.
For more information on Leukaemia UK click HERE
Everyone at Dragons sends Sam our best wishes and fundraising for #PedalForPeard is underway!
To show your support you can donate HERE
During a week off from training, the players will take part in small groups and even the staff will get on bikes – some faster than others!