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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Six-year-old cyclist tackles 113-miles ride from Northampton to London to raise money for children's hospice [road.cc]

Edward Dyster
A six-year-old boy who lives in Stone, Staffordshire, has embarked on a 113-bike ride from his birthplace, Northampton, to Tower Bridge in London to raise money for a hospice after being inspired by the story of a girl named Tilly. Halfway through his journey, he has already beaten his £1,000 fundraising target.
Edward Dyster set out on the trip with his parents Emma and Steve last Friday, with the family aiming to cover 24 miles per day to arrive in the capital on Wednesday, mainly riding routes forming part of the National Cycle Network.
While that might avoid the traffic, it clearly doesn’t miss the typical British bank holiday weather we’re ‘enjoying,’ adding an extra element to his challenge.
The youngster came up with the idea for the fund raising trip after staff from Donna Louise Children’s Hospice in Stoke on Trent visited him and his classmates at Christ Church First School and told them about their work.
“I wanted to help the children at the hospice,” Edward told the Staffordshire Newsletter. “We learned about it at school and about Tilly, who needed a wheelchair.
“I am really looking forward to riding all the way to London,” he continued. “I love riding my bike. I hope I can raise £1,000 to help other children.”

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