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Brimington dad gears up for charity challenge in memory of son who touched everyone's hearts

Rio Rutter. Picture submitted.
Rio Rutter. Picture submitted.

A Brimington dad is gearing up to cycle 300km around London in memory of his late son.

Rio Rutter - who suffered from a rare heart defect - tragically died at the age of five last summer.

Jaydan Redhead with Rio Rutter. Picture submitted.

Jaydan Redhead with Rio Rutter. Picture submitted.

His dad Jaydan Redhead, 26, will take on the London Orbital Audax cycling race in August, covering 300km around London in 20 hours to raise vital funds for the Sick Children's Trust - which supported the family over the difficult years.

Rio's mum Kersha Rutter, 24, said: "My son really did fight so hard. He faced so much more than most during in his life.

"I was given the news no mother ever wants to hear - the news so painful that every inch of you breaks into a million pieces.

"Rio touched everyone's hearts - everyone adored him.

Kersha Rutter with Rio Rutter. Picture submitted.

Kersha Rutter with Rio Rutter. Picture submitted.

"He was very funny, charismatic and strong - and every day he makes me proud."

She added: "I cannot express how grateful I am for the Sick Children's Trust."

To support Jaydan's charity challenge, visit https://bit.ly/2vBHkMK
Andrew Leadbitter, of the Sick Children’s Trust, said: "Rio bravely fought every day of his little life.

"Everyone who knew Rio is so proud of how he coped with all that was thrown at him.

"Our staff really got to know Rio and his family - he will never be forgotten and he remains in our hearts.

"We'd like to thank Jaydan, Kersha, Jai and Orla (her other children) so much for thinking of us.

"By fundraising, we will be able to be there for more families with seriously ill children in hospital, giving them a home from home where they can be together and support one another through unimaginable situations.

"We wish Jaydan the best of luck with his cycle.

"We can't wait to hear all about it."