Father of Derwen student Ben is about to undertake the mammoth journey of cycling over one thousand miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for two charities close to his heart – Derwen College and the Special Needs Adventure Playground (SNAP) in Cannock.
Chris Jones, from Cannock, has been inspired to undertake this feat as a way of giving something back for all the support he and his family have received since his son’s diagnosis of autism at the age of two and a half.
Chris will be attempting to complete the challenge over fourteen days starting on 9th May, it has been fully funded and organised by Chris with the help of a few supporters with 100% of donations going direct to the two charities.
“My son was diagnosed with autism in 1984 and he has been attending Derwen College for the past five years, he is now in his final year and will be leaving in June. I am so proud of my son and the things he has managed to achieve in his life. After the first diagnosis his future looked far from certain and bleak” said Chris Jones.
“Due to his disability I have had the privilege to meet many people, professionals, carers, other parents and individuals over years which have given me a greater outlook on life, to be in such a position which has given so much enjoyment and rewards, with more to come” said Chris.
The timing of the challenge is important to Chris in light of changes to funding to charitable organisations, with many experiencing difficulties in sourcing continued funds. Chris’s focus is to give something back to the two charities that have provided great support and positive experiences for his son and family.
On day six of his journey, Chris will be making a diversion to call in at Derwen College where he will be met by students of the college who will join him and ride with him for the last mile into college. He will also be met by a welcoming party for some well-deserved refreshments before he starts off the next day on the second leg of his journey.
Donations for Chris’s bike ride can be found at https://m.facebook.com/Blazingsaddless/ or http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Chris-and-Dave