A young, award-winning fundraiser who tours Premier League football grounds to raise awareness for Blood Bike charities has reached Goodison Park this week.
Over the past three years Caiden, 10, has cycled over 2,500 miles and raised over £2,500 to help the charity Blood Bikes, whose volunteers at 46 branches provide a free courier service to motorcycle across the UK carrying blood, plasma, platelets and breast milk to NHS and air ambulance charities.
They work closely with all air ambulances and are available around the clock, but rely on donations from the public to continue their vital service.
Caiden – who has been awarded the title of Learning Disabilities and Autism Leader for the valuable work he does – is on a mission to raise awareness of Blood Bikes’ lifesaving efforts, while raising funds indispensable.
A huge football fan, Caiden decided to combine football and fundraising with a stadium tour across the UK, with Goodison Park his fourteenth stop.
Local Blood Bikers branches met Caiden at every stadium he visited, with Caiden sharing photos on social media at each location.
This week Caiden met Blood Bike volunteers from the Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bank branch in Goodison Park and handed in a £200 donation.
Caiden also had his photo taken inside and outside the stadium, had the chance to sit in the dugout and received a bag of Everton goodies from the club.
Caiden said: “Goodison Park is a beautiful ground and it made me really happy inside. I loved visiting and it was my favorite ground in Liverpool”.
Caiden’s mother Claire said: “To say my son is obsessed with football would be an understatement, so he wanted to combine his passion for football with fundraising for the Blood Bikes charities.
“Visiting Everton today was by far the best football ground we have visited so far, and the most welcoming. The Club really made Caiden’s day, and it will be a special memory he will cherish for a very long time. long time. The lovely gifts will also be featured in his room. The visit was a truly special occasion, one we will never forget, and we hope to see Blood Bikes again in the future when you move to your new ground !
Kirk Phillips, chairman of Merseyside and Cheshire Bloodbikes (MCBB), said: ‘Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes are always amazed when members of the public donate money to help our group continue to support our local NHS trusts, our hospices and our human milk banks. When we found out about the incredible work Caiden has done supporting Blood Bike groups across the country, we were totally amazed and humbled! All of our members would like to congratulate and thank Caiden for his hard work in fundraising. Keep up the great work Caiden! »
Find out more about Merseyside and Cheshire Bloodbikes and donate here.