A bike ride spanning 135 miles from the West Midlands to Swansea has raised £1,500 for children in Wales who have cerebral palsy.
Christian Fox, age 44, from Swansea and his team of 8 riders decided to take up the challenge in memory of Christian’s cousin, Claire Fox, who sadly passed away last year after a short illness. Claire was diagnosed with cerebral palsy soon after birth but lived a very healthy and happy life due to the love and support of her Mum and Dad (Pat and Barry Fox)
Barry and Pat were keen for the money raised to go to Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales after being made aware of the services the charity provides to children who have cerebral palsy across Wales. Barry said, “We would have loved for Claire to attend Bobath Wales but by the time we moved to Swansea, Claire was a lot older and no longer required the children’s service.””
Cerebral palsy is the most common disability in children and affects an estimated 1,800 children in Wales. Bobath Wales provides specialist therapy and treatment to children across Wales living with cerebral palsy. The charity not only supports the children but gives families practical advice and emotional support if they need it.
The ride started in Walsall Arboretum, where Claire used to spend many hours with her Mum, Dad and dog Sam. The group of enthusiastic riders spent 2 days cycling through numerous English and Welsh villages on one of the hottest weekends of 2018 until reaching the finishing point at Penclawdd RFC, Swansea.
Christian was delighted with the success of the ride and wanted to thank everyone for their support before and during the event itself. “The whole of ride went remarkably well, not even a puncture, so from start to finish, everyone enjoyed the ride. Even though the weather was very warm this didn’t dampen our spirits or slow us down, we all knew how important it was to complete the challenge for Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales”
This year the charity needs to raise £1.5m to keep the centre running and to be able to see as many children who need us as possible..
Rachel Morgan, Head of Income Generation at Bobath Wales said, “We would like to thank all those who took part in the cycle ride. They have raised a fantastic amount and it is such an inspirational thing to do in memory of Claire. We are very grateful to Christian for organising the event in aid of Bobath Wales. Well done on your achievement!”