Leicester Fan Aims To Top Off Season With Epic Charitable Gesture

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It’s fair to say the city of Leicester is having a good year.

Leicester City won the Premier League last week, while Mark Selby claimed his second snooker World Championship on the same night.

The scenes outside the King Power on Monday night were nothing short of spectacular, and they included one man who has another dream lined up.

Joe Virk and 14 of his friends are cycling from Leicester to Paris on behalf of LOROS, the Leicestershire and Rutland hospice, to raise money for the charity.

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The hospice holds a special place in Joe’s heart, as it was where his mother Paula spent her final days in March of this year.

After being diagnosed initially in 2006, Paula was given the all clear in 2012 but was diagnosed again in 2014, before passing away on March 25th this year.

Originally, the plan was to have Paula meet the bunch at the finishing line in France, but now she’ll be looking over them on their way instead.

The 409 mile journey will take over 30 hours, and it isn’t the first time Joe and his bunch have raised money for the hospice.

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A couple of years ago, they managed to raise £2,172 by partaking in the Color Run, but have set their sights on going one better – cycling to the Eiffel Tower.

The lads will set off on their quest on Wednesday August 17, and should arrive (hopefully) on Saturday August 20. All included are paying out of their own pockets to help Joe raise money.

The full bunch are: George Riggall, Tom Wisniewski, Toby Batham, Conor Pallatt, John Collins, Dan O’Brien, Jake Batham, Charlie Collins, Ryan Brown, Cameron Pallatt, Sam Rossi, Joe Thompson, Gary Cope and Joe Quailey.

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They’ve already raised over £3,000 of their £10k target, and any donations are greatly appreciated.

You can donate through the JustGiving page, here. The guys are also open to sponsorship to help them with costs.

Wouldn’t you know it, it’s not just the Leicester City squad who are heading from Europe this year.