TWO DEESIDE dads are cycling from London to Paris in aid of the "incredible" hospital which cared for their children.

Scott Clarke and Lee Edison, both from Connah's Quay, are taking on the mammoth 300+ mile bike ride to raise funds for Alder Hey Children's Hospital - something very close to their hearts.

In 2014, Lee's son, Luke, then aged 12, was diagnosed with four brain tumours.

At Alder Hey, he received six months of chemotherapy and 35 consecutive days radiotherapy.

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On Sunday, Luke, who is studying food science at Leeds University, celebrated his 20th birthday - a couple of years after being given the all clear.

Lee said: "The expertise and support that we received via Alder Hey, and indeed its partner hospitals, was incredible. Without their help, Luke wouldn't be where he is today.

"Whilst the tumours are no more, the effects of this disease have left a life-time of hospital visits and significant amounts of medication. 

"We want to raise as much as possible for this brilliant hospital and all its amazing staff."

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Lee, a training manager at Raytheon Technologies, worked with apprentices at a college in Liverpool to help refurbish houses associated with Alder Hey where children live during their treatment. 

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Alder Hey also holds a special place in the heart of his friend, Scott Clarke. 

His son, Lewis, has a rare genetic disorder called Wiedemann–Steiner syndrome.

He is one of around 1,000 people globally who have the condition - which affects everything from his muscles, breathing, stature and vision. It also means he has learning difficulties. It has meant he's been going to Alder Hey Children's Hospital on a weekly basis since he was a baby. 

Lewis, aged 13, was also treated for a brain tumour.

Like Lee, Scott is looking to give back as much as possible to the hospital. 

"I want to raise some money to assist this great hospital so it can continue to help other young and poorly children.

"Every pound will help this hospital but will also help other families. It’s tough when your child is in hospital and can be a struggle, by donating we are helping all and ensuring the children get the best care possible."

Lee and Scott have done numerous challenges, such as Tough Mudda, to raise money for places linked to their children's care. But this is by far their biggest yet. 

Starting on June 8, they will be embarking on a 309 mile (500km) cycle over four consecutive days from London to Paris.

"This a huge challenge for us," Scott said. 

"I'm not a natural cyclist and it's going to be the toughest thing I'll ever do.

"Any contribution, large or small, would be truly welcomed and much appreciated."

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