A team of ten cyclists have raised £1100 for a local centre for children with special needs by completing a 150 mile cycle ride – despite accidently taking a 20-mile detour.
Eight riders and two support staff from Dunlop Pro Décor tackled extreme terrain and weather conditions when cycling from Whitehaven to Sunderland for The Peter Pan Centre.
The centre in Newcastle provides care and education to children with special needs, from birth to five years old, with a range of disabilities, conditions, and syndromes.
They provide day care for two-year old Oscar Povey from Leek who has CHARGE syndrome – a rare and complex genetic condition affecting his heart, eyes, hearing, and growth. He has a tracheostomy fitted to allow him to breath, and is fed through a tube, meaning he requires round the clock care from specially trained staff.
Oscar’s family are friends with HR Director, Emma Aust. Last year, she and ride organiser, Jon Blake, head of manufacturing, ran the Manchester Marathon in aid of Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital who supported Oscar as a baby.
Blake said: “We may have ended up riding 150 miles instead of 130, but it was a great couple of days with superb bike rides, fantastic scenery and absolutely brilliant company.
“Most importantly we have beaten our fundraising target for what is a great cause. The Peter Pan Centre does an amazing job in supporting Oscar, his family and hundreds of other children and their families locally with special care needs.”
Chrissie Hunter, Peter Pan Centre fundraising manager, said: “This was a fantastic effort from all concerned, and we are really grateful to everyone who took part in the fund-raising challenge, and all those who sponsored them too.
“We need to raise £265,000 each year to continue to offer the level of support we do, so it’s wonderful when people go the extra mile, like the Dunlop Pro Decor team have done, to help us reach this.”
Mark Povey, Oscar’s dad, added: “Oscar has a very rare condition, meaning he needs constant one-to-one attention. The Peter Pan Centre is an incredible place, providing 2 ½ hours a week of top care for Oscar supporting his mental and physical development. Oscar absolutely loves the place and gets so much out of it, and it also gives the family some respite. We really couldn’t do without it.
“Many congratulations to the team from Dunlop Pro Décor for making it to Sunderland in one piece, and it’s great that they have raised so much for the centre which relies on the support of fundraisers.”