Family’s appeal for help so that challenge for Ilkeston charity can go ahead

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A charity cycle that will raise money for Ilkeston’s Awareness For Autism could be in jeopardy due to the cost of the challenge.

David Ryan, from Heanor, is due to take on the 175 mile challenge - from St Bee’s in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in Whitby - on June 5 on an old BMX.

His wife Gemma said that the closer the challenge gets this list of things to pay for is getting longer. They are appealing for companies in the area to help them out in covering the costs of food and spare parts for the bike.

She said: “If someone could help us cover the extra costs that would be great. We are just a normal working family and we don’t want to use the money raised from sponsorship to cover the costs. We are not duping anyone - it is just the nature of the beast. There are six people to feed for four days and if the bike stops the challenge stops.”

She estimates that they need around £200 to cover spare parts and food for the four day challenge.

They have already had support from Marshall Volvo in Nottingham who will provide two support vehicles for the weekend.

Gemma said: “We have raised over £1,100 and are hoping to up it. We don’t want to take anything out of it.”

She said once little things has started to add up the overall cost had become a lot bigger than they had originally thought.

The couple have two sons - William and Edward - with autism. Dave wanted to do something to make his children proud whilst raising awareness of autism.

If you can help email Gemma at