Fam­ily take on epic 400km ride

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

AF­TER be­ing spurred on by the tragic loss of a fam­ily mem­ber, a young­ster and his rel­a­tives used pedal power to help raise funds for char­ity.

King’s School pupil Oliver Steven­son cy­cled with his dad John, 42, and two other fam­ily mem­bers on an epic 400km jour­ney from Lon­don to Paris to raise money for the Brain Tu­mour Char­ity.

The fundrais­ing event was in mem­ory of 14-year-old Oliver’s aunt, Caro­line Cowan, who died from a brain tu­mour aged 28 in Novem­ber 2013.

The cy­cling ex­pe­di­tion took three days al­to­gether, start­ing at the Lon­don Eye and fin­ish­ing in the cen­tre of Paris.

John Steven­son said: “The jour­ney went well, apart from it chuck­ing down on the third day.

“We also had three punc­tures on that day but on the whole ev­ery­thing went to plan.

“Ol­lie has raised al­most £6,000 so far and has set up a sup­port­ers’ fund with the Brain Tu­mour Char­ity in his name to help raise funds to im­prove early di­ag­no­sis, find new treat­ments and gen­er­ally help to im­prove out­comes for other suf­fer­ers, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren.”

The four strong cy­cling group in­cluded Oliver and John, John’s fa­ther-in-law Jon Cowan and his brother David Cowan. And al­to­gether the tire­less team have man­aged to raise more than £6,500 for the Brain Tu­mour Char­ity, with the fam­ily al­ready con­sid­er­ing what to do next year.

John added: “It’s go­ing to be ei­ther to Zurich or from Land’s End to John o’ Groats, we’re not sure yet.

“But what­ever we de­cide it will def­i­nitely be for the Brain Tu­mour Char­ity.”

If you would like to do­nate to Ol­lie’s cause then go to http://uk. vir­gin­money­giv­ing.com/ Oliv­erSteven­son.

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