The Muscular Dystrophy charity Alex’s Wish is involved with three fundraising rides this summer, all designed to raise money to find a treatment or cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Duchenne’s is a nasty degenerative disease that hits children, who frequently don’t live beyond their teens and it has no cure.
Charnwood Forest Ride
The first event of the summer is the Charnwood Forest Ride in Leicestershire. This has been set up by Alex’s Wish and there will be three rides around the forest – a 10 mile ride, a 20 mile ride and a 50 mile ride on Sunday 8th of May.
People over 14 years old can go along and enjoy the scenery with a ride that challenges them, and possibly meet the special guest at the event, David Hemsley who is a 3 times cycle speedway world champion.
The organiser of the event is Emma Hallam, who’s son died of Duchenne’s leading her to set up Alex’s Wish. She said, “This event is now in its 6th year and last year we had 200 participants take part and raise £11,500 for the charity. This year we have introduced a 50 mile route to appeal to serious amateurs and professionals alike and I would love to see the number of participants double this year to 400. It’s a big ask but … we can do it I’m sure!”
Entry to the ride is £10 for the 10 mile ride if you book early, or £15 if you book after the 26th April. For the 20 and 50 mile rides, entry costs £20 or £25 after the 26th April. It should be a lot of fun for the family, and all the money raised on the day goes back to Alex’s Wish.
London to Paris
On the 1st of July a group of cyclists will be riding 277 miles from London to Paris over three days. Hallam and her husband will be participating in the event, and have done it before. She enthused, “This is just about the best cycling experience you can have in Europe. The ride connects two of the world’s most chic capital cities as you embark on a trip of a lifetime in aid of Alex’s Wish!”
In order to join you need to raise £1400 as a minimum, though from this you will have accommodation and support throughout the ride, including a sports masseuse to help you recover from the ride each day.
Prudential Ride London
Some say this is the biggest ride of the year in the UK, with 20,000 amateur and professional cyclists descending on the Capital to do a 100 mile ride along the route of the London Olympics road race on the 31st July. Alex’s Wish have secured 55 places for the event, and there’s still time to help fund raise for the charity as 11 places have been taken up.
There is a catch though – you need to raise £550 to win a place on the ride! The public ballot to join the ride through the Prudential Ride London website has now closed so Alex’s Wish could be a good way to join the ride as a late entry. Hallam said, “We would love to hear from you if you are interested in taking part in this event and would like to apply for one of our places, but hurry! Last year we filled all of our places well in advance of the official registration deadline.”
Interested in any of these?
The charity raises thousands of pounds toward fighting a horrible illness in the hope that one day soon, children diagnosed with it may one day outlive their parents. If you want to help the fight, and have a great time on any of these events, Emma Hallam would love to hear from you. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org