Uckfield dad’s challenge of lifetime

Sid Martin. Photo by Ron Hill
Sid Martin. Photo by Ron Hill
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A father of three boys from Manor Park, Uckfield, is preparing for the challenge of a lifetime – to cycle 200 miles in three days from London to Amsterdam from June 13-15 to raise funds for The National Autistic Society (NAS), the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism.

Sid Martin, 36, has chosen to raise money for the NAS because his middle son, Thomas, 13, is profoundly affected by the condition and attends a special school in Eastbourne.

Seeing the impact of autism on his own family, in 2012 Sid rode the 64-mile London Nightrider to help families in a similar position. Since then he has fallen in love with cycling and bought a road bike to take on the ride to Amsterdam which offered an exciting challenge and a great opportunity to raise awareness of autism and funds for the NAS.

Sid said: “Riding to Amsterdam for NAS is a huge goal and my way of helping some of the estimated 700,000 people in the UK with autism. There’s so much misunderstanding about autism and what it actually means to live with the condition: most people have no idea how common it is or how challenging it can be.

“My family has benefitted from the support and advice of the NAS and I am delighted to be raising funds for them so that this support can continue and increase. This is a great motivation as I train for the 200 mile ride which will definitely be a tough undertaking. I bought myself a road bike and I’m busy building up distance at present, cycling about 70 miles a time,round the Forest, down to Brighton and Hastings. The first two days will probably be OK but I reckon the third day the blisters will kick in!”

Dave Boorman, supporter funding head for The National Autistic Society (NAS), said: “It’s humbling to see the hard work that supporters like Sid put into creating a better world for people with autism. This ride will be a huge challenge but I know that his determination and passion to raise awareness of autism will help him over the line. Without fundraising efforts like this we could not continue our work supporting people affected by the condition and helping them to lead the life they choose. Sid is inspirational and I hope as many people as possible in Uckfield will get behind him.” Visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SidMartin or call 01825 761450.