Presenter Dan Morfitt and a handful of listeners & staff are raising money for the station’s charity Cash for Kids today in Leeds.
They’re doing a 40+ mile challenge to help raise funds for a little boy from Morley who needs a special tricycle.
Aiden, is a 12 year old boy from Morley who at the age of 4 lost his 2 brothers in a house fire, one of whom was his twin brother. As a result of the fire, he suffered 60% burns, suffers from seizures, and has reduced dexterity because he had to have tendons removed in his hands. Despite his strength of character and beating all the odds, Aiden still isn’t very mobile, but like any other 12 year old, he desperately wants to lark about with his mates and this tricycle will help him to do that.
Staff from the radio station and some listeners who have also been touched by the story, are also joining Dan on the ‘Lap of Leeds’ challenge. Pledges from businesses and the community alike will result in Dan stopping by people’s homes and businesses on route as he travels from 96.3 Radio Aire studios on Kirkstall Road with the aim to be back on air for his drive time show at 3pm.
Dan Morfitt said about his challenge today: “I have been trying to do a bit of training, but I have to be honest and say I am finding it really hard. What better motivator for me to keep in mind during my challenge though, than Aiden. When I think about the challenges that he faced and overcome in his short life so far, it will spur me on and remind me how worthwhile this challenge is.”