While many charity fundraisers have been cancelled due to COVID-19, one group of intrepid cyclists has just completed a Coast to Coast cycle ride across England in aid of Alex’s Wish.
Alex’s Wish was set-up in 2012 to eradicate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – a serious muscle-wasting disease affecting 1 in every 3,500 boys born in the UK.
Darren Eaton, one of the cyclists, said, “The Coast to Coast cycle ride has been one of the most rewarding challenges I’ve ever done. Having been involved with a number of charity challenges the one thing that became clear was the difference that the Alex’s Wish team made. The care and attention offered by their support team along with the pre-organisation made me feel really involved in not just the event but the charity itself. The ride was a fantastic way to cross the country and see places I’ve never visited before. Getting to the coast at Bridlington with the satisfaction of the miles in the legs and the amount raised for this fantastic charity made me feel elated and proud. Bring on the next one!!”
Fellow cyclist Richard Fielding added, “The event was an amazing, extreme experience which I found inspiring. When you selfishly think it’s difficult you reflect on what it’s all about, get on with it and keep pedalling. Also, the relationships you form with people you have never met before are amazing.”
Event organiser, Zoe Edwards, from Alex’s Wish said, “This event actually lent itself really well to social distancing and other COVID-19 safety requirements. Our small group of five cyclists and their support team included Andy Hallam, Trustee of Alex’s Wish and Alex’s dad, Will Watts, Richard Frape, Richard Fielding, Darren Eaton, Mal Rooney and Andrew Rowland.”
The group’s challenge and fundraising efforts raised £10,040 for Alex’s Wish. The money will be used to invest in research projects and clinical trials to bring about new treatments and search for a cure.
Photo: The Alex’s Wish Coast to Coast Team