A SIX-YEAR-OLD STONE boy is today setting off on a 100-mile cycling marathon to raise cash for charity after being inspired by the story of a disabled girl.
Edward Dyster is set to ride 113 miles from Northampton, where he was born, to Tower Bridge, London, in aid of the Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.
Keen cyclist Edward was inspired to take the trip after teachers at Christ Church First School taught his class about the hospice, highlighting the story a young girl called Tilly.
Edward said: “I wanted to help the children at the hospice. 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. I love riding my bike.
I hope I can raise £1,000 to help other children.” Covering 24 miles per day for six days, the youngster will set out today and arrive at Tower Bridge on Wednesday.
Accompanying him on a speciallyprepared, largely traffic-free, National Cycle Network route will be his parents, Emma and Steve.
The trio will start at Blisworth and travel through towns including Milton Keynes, Dunstable, Luton, St Albans and Waltham Abbey.
Mrs Dyster said: “When Edward was asked what he would like to do for a holiday, he said he wanted to cycle to Tower Bridge.He often cycles between fifteen and twenty miles, but the big challenge will be to do it day after day.” Mr Dyster said: “It is a really positive thing to do. Not only is he raising money for a great cause, he is also taking on a big challenge and doing something he has dreamed of doing.
“He’ll gain self-confidence and selfesteem while doing something to benefit others. We are sure he can do it.
“If it weren’t for the National Cycle Network, this kind of family cycling expedition would be very difficult.” Donations to Edward’s sponsorship programme can be made online at www.justgiving.com/Edward-Dyster.