Cycle marathon to help younger stroke survivors

Cyclists raising funds for Different Strokes, from Wolverton.
Cyclists raising funds for Different Strokes, from Wolverton.

A hardy team of cyclists are preparing to pedal across the country to help support younger stroke survivors through a Wolverton-based charity.

The group will be travelling from Land’s End back to the Barclaycard headquarters in Northampton to raise funds for the charity Different Strokes and will cover 300 miles in three days on July 1 to July 3.

Cycle team for Different Strokes appeal, based in Wolverton.

Cycle team for Different Strokes appeal, based in Wolverton.

Darren Sidney, speaking for the team, said: “We are a team of - mainly - unfit office workers who cycle for charity every year. Each year we have increased the distance of the rides to make it more challenging and this year we have decided to try to cover 300 miles over three days from Land’s End back to Northampton.”

The group decided to help Different Strokes this year after one of the team’s wives suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage in 2010 and found this charity during her recovery.

The charity proved a vital support network who helped her to cope. Darren added: “Being a brain injury it is difficult to explain to people about the issues that stroke survivors encounter.

“On the surface things can look normal but there are many challenges that are not always apparent. Different Strokes understands these issues and offers support, guidance and contacts who have been through or are going through similar issues. It also helps the family of those affected who can struggle to understand.

“Barclays encourages its staff to contribute to the community and offers a pound for pound matching scheme that can potentially double the amount the team raises.”

For more information visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=BarclaycardCycleChallenge2015&isTeam=true