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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Cyclists complete ride for life-changing Cumbria charity

HIS muscles have only just recovered yet – the organiser of an epic cycle ride is already thinking about repeating the challenge.

Mark Kenny and his colleagues from BAE Systems set off from Walney a week ago last Friday, cycled 152-miles across country, and arrived in Sunderland on Saturday evening.

Their mammoth Walney to Wear (W2W) cycle ride raised more than £3,000 for The Legacy Cumbria Friendship Group.

Mr Kenny’s 10-year-old daughter Tabitha has cerebral palsy and therapy provided by the charity is helping her lead a more independent life.

Conductive education, a specialist therapy for children and adults with motor disorders, is now available to families in the Furness area thanks to The Legacy Cumbria Friendship Group.

Prior to this parents, including Mr Kenny and Joanne Bennett, who founded the group, took their children to Chorley every week.

Thanks to fundraising The Legacy Cumbria Friendship Group has now replicated the services of Rainbow House one day a week in Barrow.

Tabitha attended her third session on Friday and already her family has seen huge improvements.

“It’s all to do with life skills we take for granted,” explained Mr Kenny, a fire safety team leader.

“As a result of getting this therapy it’s helped her to eat independently, it’s helped her walk in her frame and helped her hold her head up and think about balancing.

“It’s given her more independence.”

The five riders, including Jim Hannan, George Grant, Richard Knopwood, Eddie Orr plus support driver Dave Woods, thanked all those who sponsored them.

Mr Kenny said: “Based on the success this time I have decided to run this as an annual event for the charity, and therefore will be looking for people to take part next year.”

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