A couple in the Staffordshire Moorlands are doing a sponsored cycling trip in France to raise money for a day centre that provides care for their daughter. Paul and Pamela Stoddard, from Cheadle, are challenging themselves in their attempt to ride to the summits of two major iconic mountains in France in August this year.
A couple in the Staffordshire Moorlands are doing a sponsored cycling trip in France to raise money for a day centre that provides care for their daughter.
Paul and Pamela Stoddard, from Cheadle, are challenging themselves in their attempt to ride to the summits of two major iconic mountains in France in August this year.
They are hoping to climb Mount Ventoux (1,912 metres) and L’Alpe d Huez (1,850 metres) which are world famous cycle climbs and have both been featured on several occasions in the Tour de France for decades.
Paul told the Times & Echo: “We are going to be cycling up two iconic climbs in France in August, we’ve done cycling for quite a few years and we have raised money for other charities in the past.
“The sheer length and endurance of these climbs can’t be compared to any in the UK, the temperature will be on the high side too so hydration and fuelling will be key to a successful challenge.
“We are doing it for our daughter, Charlotte.”
The aim is to raise money for Equalbase Community Centre, a day centre for adults with learning difficulties based in Cheadle, where their daughter, Charlotte, attends.
Pamela said: “Charlotte is 21 now, she has cerebral palsy affecting her learning more than her mobility and has been going to Equalbase for around 12-18 months now.
“Charlotte used to go to Horton Lodge Community Special School and had a small stint at Cheadle Primary School.
“Before now, we’ve raised money for Horton Lodge and cycled a cross country from coast to coast.
“We are quite an active family, always exercised a lot and keep fit but we’ve been cycling for a few years.”
Paul and Pamela want to raise money for Equalbase as their daughter attends there regularly and they believe that it would be a good cause to raise money for whilst fulfilling their hobby of cycling.
Equalbase would like to enhance their garden area so the members can enjoy the outdoors and be more creative working alongside nature.
Pamela added: “Charlotte attends the day centre three days a week.
“They want to raise money for the garden for them to sit outside, but the money we want to raise can be used for that or for day trips and activities for those that attend.
“We thought we would put two and two together with us cycling and using that to raise money for a good cause.
“We are funding the entire trip ourselves and all of the kindly received donations will go directly to Equalbase”.
Anyone wishing to support can donate by popping into Stoddard’s office at Stoddard’s Garage, next door to Equalbase in Cheadle.
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