Family complete 26 kilometre fundraising cycle ride

Family complete 26 kilometre fundraising cycle ride
Family complete 26 kilometre fundraising cycle ride

Family complete 26 kilometre fundraising cycle ride

A family from Crawley, in West Sussex, have completed a 26 kilometre bicycle ride to raise vital funds for the charity that supported their son.

Jo-Ann D’Costa, along with her husband Wayne, 14-year-old daughter Sienna, and 11-year-old son Cruzy, completed the ride on Sunday 3rd May, 2020, as part of the 2.6 Challenge, set up by Britain’s mass participation event organisers, including the London Marathon, to save the UK’s charities.

With the London Marathon now being postponed to Sunday 4th October, 2020, due to the coronavirus crisis, the UK charity sector estimates it will lose £4 billion in income as a result of the pandemic with thousands of fundraising events postponed across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In response to the postponement organisers launched the 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26th April, what should have been the date for the 40th edition of the London Marathon, to get the public to take part in a fundraising activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26.

And with people of all ages getting involved in a range of activities, from reading 26 pages of a book, completing 26 press ups, and running or walking 2.6 miles as part of their daily exercise allowed under the present Government guidelines, Jo-Ann and the family decided to ride 26 kilometres for Caudwell Children, the national charity that supports disabled children and their families.

“Cruzy was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old,” explained Jo-Ann. “We were living in Australia at the time and we had to sell everything we had, including our car, to get him assessed, diagnosed and treated.

“We returned to the UK and were desperate for help, luckily we were told about Caudwell Children, and the support that they give to autistic children.

“They were amazing and they provided support to Cruzy for the next three years, so now it’s our chance to give something back at this crucial time for charities.” 

The family rode around a number of West Sussex cycle paths near to their home and asked friends and family to sponsor them in order to hit their £2,000 target.

“We desperately wanted to raise the money for Caudwell Children, as it was a dark time for the family when we first contacted them,” continued Jo-Ann. “But they held our hand and helped to pull us out of the dark hole and life since has flourished and Cruzy, continues to make gains every day.”

Having launched a Just Giving page just nine days ago the family were delighted, on completion of the ride, to find that they had smashed their target.

“We were staggered to find that, including Gift Aid, we had raised £2,939.” Exclaimed Jo-Ann. “It’s been hard to watch key workers going out every day to support our country and not be able to give back.

“We’ve also used this opportunity to teach the children that no matter how small, every act of kindness can go a long way.

“It’s also a good time to teach children to always support other children, and I couldn’t think of a worthier charity than Caudwell Children.”  

Kerrie Davies, Associate Director of Events at Caudwell Children, is delighted that Jo-Ann and the family have chosen to support the charity through the 2.6 Challenge. As she explained: “For the whole family to come together and raise funds in this way is fantastic.

“It’s especially heart-warming when a child that we have supported fundraises on our behalf so we can’t thank Cruzy, and his family enough for thinking about us at this time.”

Jo-Ann says it’s not too late for others to take on the 2.6 Challenge on behalf of Caudwell Children. As she concluded: “No matter if you are reading, walking, cycling, jumping, whatever the challenge, we can all do something to help others during the coronavirus pandemic.”

You can support Jo-Ann and the family through their Just Giving page here.

You can register for a Caudwell Children 2.6 Challenge through the website here.

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