A team of 10 from Stoke-on-Trent-based Dunlop Pro Décor took part in an epic coast-to-coast cycle challenge to raise money for a local nursery for children with special needs.
Eight riders and two support staff tackled 133 miles of twisting roads and mountain passes from Whitehaven to Sunderland over the August Bank Holiday weekend with the aim of raising more than £1000 for The Peter Pan Nursery in Newcastle under Lyme.
The Peter Pan Nursery provides care and education to children with special needs from birth to five years old with a range of disabilities, conditions and syndromes.
The nursery provides day care for two-year old Oscar Povey from Leek who has CHARGE syndrome a rare and complex genetic condition that affects 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 Dunlop Pro Décor HR Director Emma Aust and 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.
“Emma is friends with the family and I got to know them through the fund raising process and the race itself,” said Blake.
“When deciding who to raise money for by doing the ride, The Peter Pan Nursery which cares for Oscar was first in our thoughts. The nursery do an amazing job in supporting Oscar, his family and hundreds of other children and their families locally with special care needs.”
The team set set-up a Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/dunlopPro-Decor/