Every year a group of colleagues from
BBC Monitoring in Caversham raise money by doing a sponsored bike ride. Previous challenges have included cycling from Caversham to Whitehall; cycling 100 miles from Bristol to Reading along the Kennet and Avon Canal; and the Solent Coasts Cycle Challenge, 66 miles and 6 ferry crossings around the Isle of Wight and the south coast from Portsmouth to Lymington.
This year they have decided to raise money for CP Sport. Neil Padgen’s brother Dave has Cerebral Palsy, and was introduced to sport through CP Sport in the mid-1980s. Taking part in activities with similar children opened his eyes to what he was capable of doing. Dave represented Great Britain at the 1992 and 1996 Paralympics, and has gone on to become the first European with CP to climb Kilimanjaro and the first person with CP to complete the traverse of Mt Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe. None of this would have been possible without CP Sport opening his eyes to what is possible.
Following last year’s hugely successful London Paralympic Games, they decided to raise money to help the lives of disabled children for the better. They are cycling Nightrider London, a 100km (66 miles) cycle across London overnight on the 8-9 June.
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