Dads to cycle from Morecambe to Bridlington for Life Less Ordinary Foundation
A GROUP of inspiring dads who have children with disabilities will cycle from coast to coast to raise £30,000 for charity.
The men are all members of The Life Less Ordinary Foundation, formed by three dads whose children have different special needs.
The group, which has 30 members, meets regularly to allow the dads a chance to share experiences, discuss difficulties and to help each other through the many traumatic situations which come from being the parent of a special needs child.
The dads also raise money for charities and causes close to their hearts which is why 20 of them are cycling the gruelling 170 coast to coast route from Morecambe to Bridlington this weekend.
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Adam Smith, 26, who's eight-year-old son Alastair has a rare condition called Angelman Syndrome, is one of the main organisers.
Mr Smith, of Newland Avenue, west Hull said: "We decided as a group to raise money for some of the charities that have helped us over the years and this bike ride is one of a series of fundraising events we've arranged.
"These charities do wonderful things for families with children with special needs, be it a shoulder to cry on, help with completing forms or simply just putting people in touch with others in a similar position which is all invaluable stuff.
"We want to raise enough money to really make a difference to these charities, so we're looking for as much support as possible from local people."
Mr Smith was instrumental in setting the support group up, along with Gavin Waugh and David Hoyle.
They joined forces after the mothers of the youngsters made friends in a similar group.
The money raised will be split between the Micro and Anophthalmic Children's Society, which has helped Gavin's son Ben, a sensory garden for Adam's son Alastair, eight, and Cerebra, which helps improve the lives of children with brain-related conditions.
Mr Smith, a keen cyclist, said he is looking forward to the challenge.
He said: "I can't wait, but it will be hard work.
"We've done a lot of training, so we are prepared, but it is a really tough route. We go straight over the Dales.
"We are also expecting heavy rain and wind, so despite it being June we will be in our waterproofs."
Equipment will also be bought for The Echoes Foundation, a Hull charity that supports families of children with special and additional needs.
The dads will also hold a party at the Goodfellowship Inn in Cottingham Road, Hull, from 7.30pm on Sunday, June 24 – the day they return.
Tickets for the event, which includes live music, cost £5.
To book, e-mail gavwaugh@ hotmail.com or call 07970 046484.