Riders saddle up for charity

nbua-30-08-12-charitybikeride - A group of intrepid fundraisers from the High Peak are preparing to take part in a gruelling charity challenge to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. Photo contributed.
nbua-30-08-12-charitybikeride - A group of intrepid fundraisers from the High Peak are preparing to take part in a gruelling charity challenge to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children's Hospital. Photo contributed.
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EIGHT High Peak friends are to take on a gruelling challenge to thank a charity for stepping in when the family of a poorly baby needed help.

The team – Stephanie Hanshaw, Nigel Hanshaw, Ian Drabble, Stuart Blair, Craig Bryan, Emma Travis, Rob Yates and Dave Vennard – will cycle from Buxton to Snowdon on September 7, walk to the summit and then cycle home in three days.

Their efforts will raise money for the Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, which provided Stephanie and Nigel with a place to stay when their baby daughter Lexi needed open heart surgery in February 2010.

Stephanie, said: “The day after her birth, Lexi was found to have a heart murmur which was later diagnosed as Tetralogy of Fallot – a narrowing of the pulmonary valve and a large hole in between the two main pumping chambers.

“As soon as Lexi had put on enough weight she was referred to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where she underwent open heart surgery at the age of five months old.

“The thought of your baby undergoing open heart surgery is one of the hardest things life can throw at you but the support we received from everyone at Alder Hey and the Ronald McDonald House certainly helped us through this difficult time.

“Ronald McDonald House is “home away from home” accommodation, completely free of charge, and is within the grounds of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

“This meant we could be at our daughter’s bedside until she went to sleep at night and be there before she woke in the morning without the daily three-hour commute,” said Stephanie.

“Ronald McDonald House receives no income from the Government and relies solely on fund-raising.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has donated or supported us so far, including the Bike Factory at Whaley Bridge, the Lodge Hotel, Conwy and the Beaches Hotel, Prestatyn.”

Lexi is now a happy and healthy toddler but will continue to be monitored by medical staff.

To support the team, you can donate by texting Lexi79 to 70070 or visit www.justgiving.com/ride4ronald.