Fundraisers doing it for Harpenden teenager Daniel
PUBLISHED: 15:10 14 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:10 14 November 2013
A team of target-topping fundraisers are saddling up on Sunday to get a disabled teenager from Harpenden back on the road after thieves stole his bike.
The seven-strong group came together when they heard that a specially-adapted bike belonging to Daniel Grundy-Evans had been taken from a garage in Southdown Road.
While St Albans Leo Club has offered to replace the £500 bike, on Sunday the cyclists will ride 30 miles in a bid to purchase cycle kit and a new bike for his mum Miriam, which were also stolen during the incident.
Mike Hartley, 46, of Marshalswick, who came up with the idea and got the group together, said: “I was really upset when I read the press stories about the theft of Daniel’s bike. He’s someone who really enjoys cycling and shouldn’t be deprived of something that helps him enjoy the open air.
“I wanted to help and posted up an idea on Twitter, which quickly snowballed into a sponsored ride with a team of seven people, including local councillors from each party and staff from Cycle Tech Herts.”
With the 15-year-old’s love of trains in mind, Mike has devised a route that will take them from Verulamium Park up to the Nickey Line and back via Redbourn.
Already donations have started to flood in, and within one hour of their fundraising website going live they had exceeded their £200 target.
This will be used to pay for waterproofs, lights and locks for Daniel’s bike, while any additional money will buy extra security equipment and a new mountain bike for mum Miriam so they can continue to go out riding together.
To sponsor the cyclists visit www.justgiving.com/local/project/ridefordaniel
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