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Josie is taking on the popular Ride London 100 mile cycling challenge from London to Surrey. She talks about why she signed up and how her training is going.
As someone who works for Kids, I have learnt so much about the struggles that so many families with a disabled child are facing every day; only 4% of parents of disabled children receive the support they need to safely care for their child (Disabled Children’s Partnership, 2019).
Over half parent carers have had to give up work to care for their disabled children and Kids is working hard redress the balance providing vital services across the country.
So a few weeks into my role (and after a few conversations with our events team) I decided to sign up to take part in Ride London and raise some money for Kids. I had just completed a 600-mile cycling trip from Leeds to Berlin in June 2018 – I thought the training for this 100-mile ride from London to Surrey and back, would be a walk in the park!
What I hadn’t accounted for was the fact that since cycling to Berlin, I had stopped working out completely, and had not touched my bike once. It was no walk in the park, but the funny thing about riding a bike again after a long time, is that… it’s like riding a bike! I instantly fell back in love with the downhills and even the tougher uphill climbs. What has kept me motivated in my training so far is knowing the difference I will be making to families across the country.
My kind family, friends and colleagues have been supporting my fundraising and it’s amazing to think the amount I’ve fundraised so far could support 28 sessions for one child! However, I want to do more because the families we support see our services as a lifeline.
Thank you Josie for raising £660 in support of Kids!