Dad to cycle width of UK on a BMX for Ilkeston charity

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A dad will cycle the width of the UK on an old BMX to raise money for an Ilkeston charity.

David Ryan, from Heanor, will take on the 175 mile challenge - from St Bee’s in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in Whitby - for Awareness For Autism.

He has two sons - William and Edward - with autism and wanted to do something to make his children proud whilst raising awareness and money for autism.

Just to make it that little bit more interesting he’s doing it on a 30 year old BMX.

His wife Gemma, said: “This is an insane challenge he has set himself but to do it in honour of our boys who are anamazing motivation to get him through the hard times that he will inevitably face.

“We are raising money for the local autism charity in Ilkeston to help other local families in a similar situation to us. We will also be making donations to our sons’ schools – Corfield C of E Infant School and Heanor Pre School as a thank you for all the support and encouragement they have given both our boys.”

The initial fundraising target was £1,000 which has already been exceeded. They are now aiming to hit the £2,000 mark.

The challenge begins on Friday June 5 and will end on Monday June 8.

Sponsor David at

Awareness for Autism was set up by Ilkeston man John Daly .

More information on the charity can be found at, with a website due to be launched in May.