A pair of Walsall Wood fundraisers are gearing up for a 100 mile charity challenge to help borough children with complex disabilities.
Anthony Westbury and Carl Elliott are saddling up to cycle from Rhyl to the Child Development Centre in Shelfield which has launched a £15,000 appeal to revamp its outdated sensory room and replace worn out, old-fashioned and broken equipment.
They are supporting Well Wishers, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s charity which buys items above and beyond what the NHS can provide. Both took part in Well Wishers charity boxing match in the summer.
They have been friends since school although bricklayer Carl is pinning all the blame for such a tiring money-spinner firmly on Ant!
“It was all his idea – he’s cycled 60 miles or so whereas I’d only done about 20 when he suggested it,” said Carl, aged 28.
“I do a lot of training and boxing so I hope that helps me and we’re going out on our bikes whenever we can to clock up the miles. We really want to help this centre.”
They will be attempting their challenge on Saturday 28 October.
Ant, who is a porter at Walsall Manor Hospital, regularly cycles at Chasewater.
“We want people to sponsor us and help us raise as much as we can for the centre. It’s a great cause being supported by the Well Wishers charity.”
Georgie Westley, the Trust’s Fundraising Manager, said the lads’ effort would really boost the appeal.
“The disabled children who use the room and the centre deserve to have the best environment we can provide and I think Carl and Ant’s support is fantastic. We’ll be willing them on all the way.”
Read more about the CDC appeal here