It’s a farther Christmas for Santa’s chopper squad

Santa's Chopper Challenge . Cyclists fighting cancer launch their Santa's Chopper Challenge outside of the Town Hall.

Santa's Chopper Challenge . Cyclists fighting cancer launch their Santa's Chopper Challenge outside of the Town Hall.

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FIVE pedalling Santas swapped a sleigh for a fleet of bikes as they dropped into Sheffield.

The Santas, who are cycling coast to coast from Liverpool to Grimsby on Raleigh Chopper bikes, called into Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

They will hopefully be back soon, distributing gifts, if they succeed in raising £10,000.

Santas’ Chopper Challenge leader Mike Grisenthwaite, the founder of national charity Cyclists Fighting Cancer, aims to buy bikes, trikes and tandems to help children and young people affected by cancer to be active.

Mike and pals Phil Bullas, Paul Barrett, Emerson Osmond and Dave ‘Grave Danger’ Granger are riding 155 miles in three days, visiting children’s hospitals at Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield. CFC has donated more than 50 bikes and trikes this year.

Mike, a cancer survivor said: “Our aim is to highlight the amazing benefits of cycling as a way of regaining and maintaining fitness levels.”

Log on to justgiving.com or text Chop11 £1 to 70070, to donate £1.