Heald Wheeled themselves through France

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A team of city cyclists are celebrating their recent fundraising achievements by presenting a cheque for over £1000 to national charity, Caudwell Children this week.

The money is being donated to the Ride 4 Maya Appeal, a fundraising challenge to help pay for life-changing wheelchairs like the one recently bought for three-year-old Maya from Olney, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

The team called “Heald Wheeled” raised the money by completing the Haute Savoie Challenge, a spectacular relay through rural France spanning over 500 miles.

Martin Banham-Hall and Chris Long from Heald Solicitors in Milton Keynes, as well as Nigel Bryne and Mark Robinson, took part in the event last September; where each cyclist covered approximately 45 miles per day, and typically each complete 4 or 5 stages.

Mark Robinson, owner of WakeMK wakeboarding and waterski centre based at Willen Lake, said: “We were told about Maya’s appeal by a friend who hopes to raise £20,000 for the appeal by riding 550 miles from Le Mans to Olney this summer, we were inspired by his efforts so did our little bit to help him reach his target.

Providing specialist equipment like a wheelchair so kids like Maya can have a happier life really struck a nerve with the team so we were delighted when we raised so much money.”

Behind the appeal is Caudwell Children, a national charity dedicated to helping improve the lives of disabled children.

Appeals Coordinator, Mary Rose, said: “The team of cyclists doing the Ride4Maya challenge are doing a fantastic job in drumming up support for the appeal and helping raise money for children like little Maya.

The difference a powered wheelchair can make to a child can be truly life-changing, providing independence and mobility they could only dream of. Unfortunately this equipment comes at a price, making donations like this one vital. We are really very grateful.”

Caudwell Children provide treatment, therapy, equipment and family support services for sick and disabled children throughout the UK. Each year a number of local appeals are launched to help make these donations for youngsters like Maya possible.

To date Caudwell Children has provided services worth over £17 million to thousands of children with over 350 different medical conditions.

Anyone wishing to find out more about Caudwell Children or donate to an appeal should contact Mary Rose on 01782 600433.