Father’s Day will take on extra significance this weekend as family and friends embark on an epic coast to coast bike and tandem ride in memory of a North Anston man.
David Middleton passed away August last year after a brave battle with cancer.
He was lovingly known at Yellowman because of his prominent crowd position behind the Sheffield United goal at almost every match - wearing a distinctive yellow jumper.
His son Zack, 23, will saddle up alongside friends for a 170 mile, three day bike ride this weekend from Morcambe to Bridlington, to raise money for Rotherham Hospice.
Harthill couple Julie and Steve Hunter will ride a tandem bicycle - which they only bought three weeks ago.
They will cycle with friends Mark Smith and Liz Robbins and Zack’s friend Dec Howard.
“This route is called the Way of the Roses and we are doing it because Dave was a very staunch Yorkshireman,” said mum-of-three Julie, 54.
Supporters are calling the ride the ‘Tour de Yellowman’ as it takes place just weeks before the world famous Tour de France kicks off in the county.
Said Julie: “We’re excited and nervous because we’ve seen the hills we have to climb.”
“But if Harry Gration and Amy Garcia off Look North can ride tandem then so can we.”
Dave’s wife Fiona will accompany the riders in a support car carrying drinks, food and first aid.
Said Fiona: “I feel overwhelmed by the support people have shown for this cause and in memory of Dave.”
“Rotherham Hospice was there for us when Dave was really poorly, allowing him to be at home for his last three weeks.”
“The hospice relies on donations to keep it going so we need to keep raising money.”
The riders are aiming to raise £3,000. Friends of Yellowman supporters have already raised more than £20,000 for various charities.
Visit www.justgiving.com/Friends-of-Yellowman6 to donate.