27th Feb, 2021

Cyclists called to get into gear to help disabled children

Sarah Mason 23rd Feb, 2021

CYCLISTS are being urged to get in gear and sign up for a virtual challenge to support disable and disadvantaged children.

Variety, the children’s charity, has launched its first ever virtual cycle challenge, Pedal for a Purpose, to help those in need.

Pedal for a purpose calls on participants to travel the distance between Variety’s offices across the UK.

There are two challenges for Silhillians to choose from – the 200 mile challenge, which covers the distance from Variety’s office in Yorkshire to the headquarters in London or the 400 mile challenge, covering the distance from the London headquarters to Variety’s offices in Scotland.

Charlotte Walker, Variety’s regional development director, said: “For anyone wanting to take part, not only is it a great opportunity to tick off a personal fitness goal but whilst doing so, you will also be making a difference to the lives of local children who need it most.

“Coping with the day-to-day struggle of having a child with additional needs is taxing enough but when you add shielding, cancellation of hospital appointments and loss of support groups, lockdown has truly taken its toll.

“Therefore by signing up to take part you really will be helping Variety support our most vulnerable families during a time they need it most.”

Over the past 12 months Variety has seen a hike in demand for its services but a fall in funds as the pandemic saw many of the fundraising events cancelled.

Pedal for a Purpose starts on April 1 and until April 30 giving participants a month to cover the miles in a way that suits, whether its indoor, outdoor, solo or as a team within government guidelines.

There is no registration fee for signing up to the challenge, although participants are encouraged to raise as much money as they can.

For more or to sign up visit https://givepenny.com/campaign-setup/join/pedal-for-a-purpose

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