On the run to raise funds for cricketer Daniel

A FUNDRAISING effort is on the road – literally – to raising thousands of pounds to help a former Hyde cricketer who has been hit by cancer.Daniel Woods, part of the side that was ECB Cheshire Premier League champions in 2015, has been diagnosed with the disease.

But club loyalties have been put to one side as pal Lee Dixon, who plays for Chester Boughton Hall, is running 5K every day in 2020 to aid his battle.

Lee hopes to raise £3,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support and his total currently stands at just over £2,300 – and the Werneth Low club has thrown its weight behind him.

A spokesman for Hyde CC said: “As most people connected with the club will know our former player Danny Woods has been battling cancer recently.

“Danny was a key and very popular member of the Hyde first XI team who were ECB Premier League champions in 2015.

“He also played for Cheshire for many years, including a spell as captain, where he made lifelong friendships with many Hyde players such as Danny Berry & James Duffy.

“Another of his very close friends during those county days is Lee Dixon from Chester Boughton Hall. “In late 2019 Lee decided to give himself the challenge of running 5K every day of 2020 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support who have been helping Woodsy and his family during this very difficult time.

“Hyde and Chester BH have been fierce competitors on the field for a number of years. The fans on the hill at Werneth Low Road have always given Dicko a particularly warm welcome and an even warmer send off.

“This is something however where we can put club loyalties to one side.”

Lee has so far completed his 5K runs through Storms Ciara and Dennis, as well as the worst of the weather winter could throw at him.

But for him the wet weather and freezing temperatures are worth it for his pal, who lives in York – despite disliking running.

He said: “I have spent the last year watching one of my very dearest friends Danny battle cancer and rather than do a one off challenge wanted to have the daily reminder and challenge.

“Many who know me will tell you running is something I hate and doing this once a week would be torture but want to do something to support Macmillan Nurses who have supported Danny and his family so brilliantly and also support some very close friends parents during their own journey.”

Lee has been using the hashtag #5k365 on his Twitter page but as 2020 is a leap year he will have an extra 5k to run on Saturday, February 29.

• To support Lee with his effort for a fantastic charity go online www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lee-dixon169

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