A TEAM of cyclists will ride 400 miles in order to raise money to send a four-year-old boy who has cancer to Lapland for Christmas.

Woolston Community Primary School youngster George Rooza was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in January, and a group of family friends will cycle from coast to coast and back in order to raise more than £2,000 for a festive trip to see Santa.

Paul Wilson is part of a five-man team who will tackle the three day cycle, setting off from Warrington on Thursday October 6 before biking up to Morecambe and across to Bridlington before returning via Blackpool.

The Woolston resident said: “I’d like to say I’m a keen cyclist but I’m stressing about it a bit – we try to get out every week to do a 30 or 40-mile cycle to socialise and keep fit.

“We wanted to do something that was a bit more of a challenge because everyone has done at least 100 miles in a day before but I’m panicking a bit.

“When George was diagnosed in January it hit pretty close to home with us having kids around the same age as him.

“It will be great for the family to go to Lapland as they had a really bad start to the year.

“They’re a lovely family and George’s mum Lisa is very humble – she’s almost embarrassed by what everyone has done for them really.”

Well-wishers surprised George’s parents with a special wedding at the Black Swan in Rixton in August after the pair decided to cancel their big day following the youngster’s diagnosis.

“They were supposed to get married in summer this year but when George got ill they decided to cancel the wedding as they wanted to concentrate on getting through it.

“But there was a special summer festival day held as a local pub and they were got a surprise wedding as it was the day that they were supposed to have been married.

“To round off their year with a trip to Lapland would be immense and hopefully next year will start off a lot better for them.”

To donate to the cycle for George go to justgiving.com/fundraising/4guys400miles.