Andy Hits the Road to Raise Money for a Charity Close to Home
Doting uncle Andy Cutler has raced ahead of his fundraising target with the support of family, friends and colleagues.
Andy cycled 105 miles in the Aberdovey Bike Ride in aid of Up and Downs, a charity that’s close to home for the Tamworth-based Redrow area sales manager.
“Two years ago my niece Olivia Cutler, more affectionately known as Dotty, was born four weeks early and with Down’s syndrome,” Andy explains.
“Her Down’s syndrome diagnosis has bought its share of challenges to both Dotty and her parents. Shortly after her arrival, they were lucky to come into contact with a small charitable organisation in Halesowen called Up and Downs who have become invaluable to them. The charity offers great support, guidance and friendship to families of children with Down’s.”
The charity recently found premises where they are able to extend their services to include Makaton signing courses, speech and language therapy sessions, plus messy play and sensory activities. In also holds regular weekend sessions where families can meet and take part in a range of fun activities.
Andy, from Aldridge, near Walsall, was one of 700 riders who took part in the bike ride, which started in Wolverhampton.
“I’ve been road biking for about 18 months but I’m definitely a novice and would typically only cycle 30 miles a week, although I’ve been doing 50 mile rides since signing up for the event in December,” he says. “On the day I was apprehensive as to how it would go because I’d never cycled that far in training.”
He hoped to raise £1,000 but beat the target, with his employer Tamworth-based Redrow Homes (Midlands) donating £250 and colleagues also contributing.
While money is still coming in, Andy is already considering his next challenge.
“There were a lot of very inspirational people on the ride, some were on tandems and even riding single speed bikes,” Andy adds.
“I had a good laugh and felt a great sense of satisfaction to have finished in a respectable time – nine hours of riding in total which included five stops. It was thoroughly enjoyable and I will probably sign up for another bike ride.”
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