Tuesday, 11 December 2012

An Extraordinary Individual...

Occasionally there's a cyclist on our rides that deserves special recognition for their efforts.  This year we have received so many inspiring stories of great things that people have achieved on our rides but Stephen McDonnell's really stood out.  He completed both Manchester to Blackpool (60 miles) and the Manchester 100 for charity - the rides are challenging enough themselves but he did both in fancy dress (he was a Womble on Manchester to Blackpool!).  He wrote a touching note on our Facebook page about why he'd taken part in the rides and what he had hoped to achieve "I have been fundraising jointly for The Royal Manchester Childrens Intensive Care Unit and The Christie Hospital in tribute and in memory of my Daughter "Danielle Louise x" who passed away in 2009 who was so loving and caring and in memory of dear late family members who were treated at the Christie. I know first hand the amazing work these hospitals do and the dedication of the people who work for or support them. At the age of 12 years my daughter was hit by a vehicle and aquired a severe brain injury and had to learn to eat, walk, and talk again sadly she passed away in 2009 aged 19 years. We had seven years of love and memories we would not of had if not through the devotion of the Healthcare proffessionals and support. So I set myself a charity challenge of raising money for these charities and hopefully getting them some publicity to highlite their hardwork - Bringing out what its all about having fun and helping others." You can view/donate on his JustGiving page here: http://www.justgiving.com/stephen-mcdonnell411