Kaitlin getting on her bike for charity

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A BLYTH youngster is preparing to saddle up to raise money for a charity caring for her little brother.

Kaitlin Cavagin, 11, will be getting on her bike for the Virgin Money Cyclone Tyne Six Bridges Ride next Thursday to raise money for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.

Kaitlin’s eight-year-old brother Matthew was born with the rare liver disease biliary atresia, and his family are grateful for the support they have been given by the foundation since he was diagnosed.

“I try to go with Matthew to his hospital appointments as I can help to distract him and keep him calm,” said Kaitlin.

“Fundraising for the foundation is great because I’m not just helping Matthew but also the countless other children in the UK who have a liver disease.

“So far, I’ve done fundraising at school, a coffee evening and also a dance show.

“I love cycling, though, so when I heard about this event I was really keen to do it.”

Kaitlin, a member of a bike club at Blyth’s Horton Grange Primary School will be accompanied by her dad Anthony on the 14-mile ride through Gateshead and Newcastle, starting at the former’s Baltic Square.

This is her dad’s second sponsored bike ride for the charity following a 63-mile one last year.

Foundation chief executive Catherine Arkley said: “We are the UK’s leading charity dedicated to fighting all forms of liver disease in children.

“We rely on community fundraising for the majority of our income, so we are delighted that Kaitlin has chosen to do the Tyne Six Bridges Ride for us and hope that she really enjoys the event.”