AN UCKFIELD father of three boys has just completed the Nightrider, a 66-mile night-time bikeride round London for the National Autistic Society (NAS,) the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism which has just celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Starting from Crystal Palace at midnight, June 10, Sid pedalled round the capital alongside 3,000 others including Princess Eugenie and Ben Fogle. He arrived back at Crystal Palace at 7.20am where his wife, Lizzie, and three sons, Joe, Tom and Dan, were proudly waiting to meet him.
Sid raised money for the NAS because his middle son, Thomas, is profoundly affected by the condition.
Seeing the impact of autism on his own family, he wanted to do whatever he could to help families in a similar position and the Nightrider offered an exciting challenge on the way to doing this. He has so far raised almost £2,600, over double his original target.
Sid said: “It was great fun on the night with so many people cycling through the city, seeing the various famous landmarks lit up and the sun rise over the River Thames. There were a couple of times when it was pretty tough, particularly the last climb back to Crystal Palace, but knowing that I was going to raise over two and a half thousand pounds for the NAS was a tremendous encouragement. I am delighted to have finished the ride and thrilled by the generous support of so many people.”
Rebecca Bohling, head of supporter fundraising at the NAS said: “Autism is a serious, lifelong and disabling condition that affects around one in a hundred people in the UK.
“Thanks to our fantastic supporters, who take part in various active challenges and fun events throughout the year, the NAS is able to provide valuable support and services to people with autism, their families and carers.
“We are really grateful to Sid and all those who sponsored him for their support.”
Visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SidMartin or by calling 01825 761450. The NAS runs an Autism Helpline, Advocacy for Education Service, Befriending scheme and Parent to Parent support service, as well as six schools or people with autism.