BRADFORD City goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell says he is even more proud of his six-year-old son who is taking on a month-long 100k bike challenge in aid of a Bantams legend's charity.

Archie O'Donnell is getting on his bike for the 100k in May challenge in aid of the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation, co-founded by former City fans' favourite Stephen Darby.

The youngster only started riding without stabilisers on his bike six weeks ago and is splitting up the total distance over May, which has so far included 15km stretches.

It has already paid off as Archie has raised more than £2,000 so far, smashing his original £250 target.

The youngster has a host of professional footballers behind him and not just his dad. AC Milan goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has lent his support on social media, alongside football clubs including Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United.

Archie and his dad, who is sidelined from Bantams action due to the Covid-19 pandemic, are putting their permitted daily exercise to good use by taking on the charity challenge.

Richard says his son was inspired by Captain Tom Moore's charity walk in aid of the NHS last month so much that he wanted to take on his own fundraising feat.

He said: "I'm so proud of how he is doing.

"We saw the 100k in May challenge come up on Twitter. I thought it was such a good one.

"He does his schoolwork in the morning and we go out on the bikes in the afternoon. He has had rest days, as we don't want him to burn out. His legs can't keep doing it every day.

"He is obsessed with it. I can't believe how he taken to it. I have not got a plan of what lengths he will do each day to do it, but he has already been out for 15k rides.

"He has started really well. He has already raised more than £2,000. If he had raised £10 I would have been very proud of him, because of his thought behind it and what he is doing."

Richard added the importance of the Darby Rimmer charity to Bantams fans after what Darby, who was diagnosed with the condition last year, achieved during his legendary spell at Valley Parade.

He said: "Myself being at Bradford I have seen the connection Stephen has with us. The game against Liverpool in pre-season for his charity was unbelievable.

"I have met Stephen a few times, he has been in our dressing room. It is such a worthy cause.

"But it is not just about Stephen, it is about everyone who has this condition. This is no cure for it at the moment."

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a neurological condition which affects the nerves in the brain and spiral cord.

It affects a person's arms and legs resulting in the inability to do the basic things like wash, feed and dress yourself.

There is no known cause of MND and there is no cure or effective treatment, its always fatal. There is a serious lack of awareness and more importantly funding.

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