Goodwill riding: Police officers will ride in memory of Alex Ashworth-Preece next month.
Goodwill riding: Police officers will ride in memory of Alex Ashworth-Preece next month.

Geraldton police are taking to the pedals to honour late leukaemia battler Alex Ashworth-Preece.

The bobbies will ride more than 100km from Northampton to Kalbarri in aid of Ronald McDonald House, Alex’s family’s second home from Geraldton during his treatment.

The group, named Team Alex, will depart Northampton at 9am on December 1.

They aim to raise $15,000.

Ronald McDonald House provides accommodation for regional families of children being treated for life-threatening illnesses at Princess Margaret Hospital.

Alex’s dad Jeremy, a policeman, said Ronald McDonald House provided himself and wife Renette with tens of thousands of dollars support during his son’s treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia.

“Ronald McDonald House is a vital resource for families like mine, living in the country, who have sick children who require long-term care,” he said.

Alex sadly passed in March this year from his second bout of AML.

His courage touched Jeremy’s police colleagues and the Geraldton community.

Team Alex organiser Act-Sgt Nathan Johansen said the fundraiser was a great way to put the former Geraldton Grammar School pupil’s name up in lights.

“This charity is something Alex held dear to his heart right to the end,” he said.

“We thought why not take on the duress of riding 100km to raise money and keep it in his memory.”

Jeremy urged the community to donate through the Team Alex website www.everydayhero.com.au/team_alex12.

More than 3000 has been pledged so far.

“I urge you to give generously to this cause and I guarantee all the money raised will make a difference to country families with sick children right here in WA,” Jeremy said.

Donations were welcome via the website and interested riders can register to nathan.johansen@police.wa.gov.au or call 9923 4647.

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