A TEENAGER will be cycling the length of Britain in an epic 1,000 mile trek to help relatives who have a lifelong developmental disorder.
J oanne Stocks, 16, is saddling up to complete the gruelling Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride in aid of the National Autistic Society.
Caring Joanne, of Marton Grove, Hatfield, wants to raise at least £3,000 for the charity because her younger brother Jack, 12, has been diagnosed with autism and her mum Sheila, 58, has Asperger’s syndrome.
Joanne, a pupil at Hatfield Visual Arts College, said: “I want to help the association that has helped my family over the years. I’m especially excited about cycling across the UK, seeing the sights and doing something I believe is right.”
In preparation Joanne has been going to the gym several times a week and going out on her bike to practise so that she can get used to cycling in all weathers.
Organising the trek is leading charity Discover Adventure. Joanne will embark on the 12-day challenge in August. She will cycle through idyllic spots such as Devon and the Welsh border before making her way past the Lake District and on to Scotland.
Joanne added: “The training is difficult but it’s all helping me to get ready for the actual event.
“I’m attending the gym a few times a week which is helping to build up my stamina and the muscles that I need and then I go for a few hours on my bike once or twice a week.”
Kind-hearted Joanne is busy organising fundraising events in the run-up to her cycle.
Everybody is invited to support her next fundraiser which is a table top sale on May 8 at Hatfield Woodhouse Village Hall, off Main Street, from 10am until 4pm. She would like to hear from anybody who would like to hold their own craft stalls at the event which will also have raffles, a tombola and other activities taking place.
For more information on Joanne’s fundraising events or about her cycle ride email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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