THE father and brother of a teenage boy who passed away last year after battling leukaemia have completed an emotional journey from one end of Britain to the other.

Reon McSherry’s dad Charlie, along with Reon’s brother Ciaran, took up the epic cycle in memory of the youngster.

Together, they pedalled from Land’s End to John O’Groats – with Reon’s mum Aileen providing support and in charge of logistics.

The duo set off from England’s most westerly point on May 16 and reached the Scottish marker – more than 900 miles away – on June 1.

Charlie told the Courier it had proven to be a challenge but a very worthwhile one.

He said: “Unfortunately, we lost Reon to leukaemia in November.

“My wife had said during the service that if anybody wanted to challenge themselves and ‘do a Reon’, because he challenged himself every day through his treatment and illness, they should.

“It was a means of challenging myself and Ciaran, he is a very keen cyclist.

“It was a feat for both of us and gave an opportunity to consider what my child had gone through and what other kids have gone through with leukaemia.”

Reon, of North Berwick, was diagnosed with leukaemia in April 2016 and required a bone marrow transplant.

Older brother Ciaran was found to be a match and a transplant took place in October of that year.

A year later, Reon relapsed and required a second stem cell transplant, which saw his brother go through five days of injections before a procedure to extract seven-and-a-half million cells followed.

Reon passed away last November, aged 14, with a celebration of his life taking place in North Berwick’s St Andrew Blackadder Church.

Charlie, 50, and Ciaran made the trip down south to begin the challenge straight after 17-year-old Ciaran had finished his school exams.

The cycle, which saw the duo cover anywhere between 50 to 80 miles on a daily basis, proved tough. But Charlie, who is taking a career break from being a PE teacher in Edinburgh, added: “There was never a case we were not going to do it.

“One way or another, we were going to complete it.

“Considering what Reon had gone through, it was a challenge but nothing compared to his challenge.”

The cycle also offered people the chance to make a donation to CLIC Sargent, which is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families, and It’s Good 2 Give, which supports young cancer patients and their families in Scotland.

An online fundraising page, set up last November, has collected more than £12,500. Charlie said people they spoke to along the way had added their own donations.

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