Memorial bike ride for Declan

Mick Butters, dad of Declan Butters
Mick Butters, dad of Declan Butters
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A GRIEVING dad is tackling a cycling challenge in memory of the son he lost in a tragic accident.

Declan Butters, of Mirfield, was just 20 when he was killed on the M62 in January.

Now his father, Mick Butters, is to cycle from Harrogate to Edinburgh to raise funds for children’s charity Barnado’s.

He will cover the 220-mile route in four days from June 15 to 18. He is appealing for support in raising funds as a tribute to his son, a former pupil of Castle Hall School who worked for a building firm but was thinking of doing a sports degree.

Mick, 43, who lives in Wakefield Road, Earlsheaton, Dewsbury, said: “Declan was a much loved son who enjoyed life to the full. He always saw life in a positive light and brought so much joy and happiness to those who loved him.

“I believe every child deserves a chance to have a life of happiness just like Declan. I know that he will be so proud to look down and see that his legacy has helped those children who deserve a better future.

“The inspirational work of Barnardo’s makes this happen for thousands of children and it will be an honour to take part in the knowledge that we are helping those children who need help and support the most.”

Event organisers are appealing for more local cyclists to take part in the challenge alongside Mr Butters. For a registration form and information pack, contact Julie Patmore on 07803 037439, or visit To support Mick Butters’ fundraising, visit