Bank holiday biking success

(l-r) Linzie Cutts, Nicola Senior, both of Little Hopefuls, Terry Buxton of Ivy Lodge, (Front) Kelly Hall and Graham Stringfellow, both of Little Hopefuls and  are taking part in a sponsered bike ride over the Transpennine trail to raise money for Little Hopefuls. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Linzie Cutts, Nicola Senior, both of Little Hopefuls, Terry Buxton of Ivy Lodge, (Front) Kelly Hall and Graham Stringfellow, both of Little Hopefuls and are taking part in a sponsered bike ride over the Transpennine trail to raise money for Little Hopefuls. Picture: Andrew Roe

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THE fast-pedalling plans of five Dearne fundraisers kicked off the Easter bank holiday well.

Graham Stringfellow, 54, of Thurnscoe organised the 33-mile ride on Good Friday morning, to raise cash for local charity the Little Hopefuls, who support Dearne children and families with special needs.

Graham visited the Hopefuls’ first Easter fayre, with his daughter Hannah, 12, and wanted to support the work of the group. Hannah suffers from a rare thyroid condition along with Aspergers Syndrome, and Graham also did the ride to highlight World Autism Month.

With him were Nicola Senior, Kelly Hall, and Linzie Cutts who all attend Little Hopefuls, and Terry Buxton, 47, of Ivy Lodge, Thurnscoe.

The pedallers made their way from The Arches, Bolton, to Silkstone then back via Wombwell, taking in part of the Trans-Pennine trail. Michael Atwal-Brice of Little Hopefuls said: “The ride was a bit longer than they originally thought and one or two of them who don’t cycle regularly found it hard going, but they all completed and hope to have raised over £300 for the group, which is great.”

Graham’s daughter Hannah attends Swinton Comprehensive School. She has Thyroid Hormone Resistance Syndrome, a condition so rare that she has provided blood samples for research at Cambridge over a period of time. The syndrome usually affects people aged over 60, but Hannah was diagnosed at 18 months.

Graham’s grandson Riley Senior, four, has cerebral palsy and attends Little Hopefuls with mum Nicola, who joined the bike ride on Friday.

A gift and craft fayre takes place on Saturday at Park Inn Hotel, Manvers, for the charity, from noon to 4pm. Next Thursday morning, April 19, Little Hopefuls will be visited at Houghton Road Community Centre by a speech and language therapist from the Robert Ogden School. Anyone with questions or anxieties is welcome to attend.