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24 Hour Charity Cycle Challenge in Aid of Dogs for the Disabled

25 July 2014

UK - Six cyclists from Milton Keynes and Northampton set off this Saturday 26 July on a gruelling 24 hour, 284 mile ride from Lands End to Banbury to raise funds and awareness for Dogs for the Disabled.

Team leader Peter Felce has gathered family and friends to undertake this fundraising effort, inspired by the extraordinary difference Dogs for the Disabled assistance dog Zeke has made to his son, Jason, who has cerebral palsy.

The team will be greeted at the finish – Dogs for the Disabled’s Frances Hay Centre in Banbury – at 12pm on Sunday 27 July by Jason with Zeke, supporters, family and friends at a “Welcome Home” tea party.

Cycling with Peter are his eldest son Michael, brother-in-law Iain Andrews and colleague Lee Goodman – all from Milton Keynes, family friend Karl White, and his brother Chris White, who are both from Northampton.

Peter’s brother Steve Felce is support driver to the team and David Cattigan, an A & E nurse at Milton Keynes General, is team medic and support driver.

“In 2010 a bundle of furry fun by the name of Zeke came bounding into our lives and changed them for the better,” says Peter.

“My son was born with cerebral palsy and is non-verbal so he used to rely on everyone for help. Now he has a wonderful four-legged friend to help with things we take for granted like picking dropped items up, taking clothes off, opening doors and drawers.

"Every day we see the benefit of an assistance dog but due to the costs involved and the amount of people in need of these amazing dogs the waiting list grows by the day. Please help us raise money to help them.”

Wife and mum – and trip coordinator - Lorna Felce says, “The team has been training at night because this is the first overnight cycling challenge they’ve done. The impact Zeke has had on Jason has been incredible and the boys want to do all they can to raise funds for the charity."

The charity must raise £12,000 to fund each dog from birth to fully trained Assistance Dog and nearly £20,000 to fund the dog for its working life.

To donate, click here.

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