On the 25th July 2011 Colin Stonehouse and Roger Hartley will begin a sponsored bike ride from John O'Groats to Land's End to raise money for two very worthy causes, specialist medical treatment for Colin's Niece Grace, and the local Mountain Rescue Team where Roger is a volunteer member.
Grace Murray is Colin's Niece and was born in January 2004 with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. This form of Cerebral Palsy affects all four of Grace’s limbs, her speech and her rate of growth. Although Grace will turn 7 years old in 2011 she still has the body age of a 6 month old baby.
Grace has been visiting a rehabilitation centre in Poland since 2008 called Euromed.
The specialist Adeli treatment is all private and no Government funding is received to help with the cost. A month of treatment costs approximately £8000.00. Since Grace’s first 4 week treatment in 2008, she has succeeded in holding her own head up, and after her second 4 week treatment even sitting up unaided.
The Euromed treatment has helped Grace so much, and her family would like to carry on attending the 4 week long treatment sessions twice a year.
Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team rely solely on donations and sponsorship for funding. All members of the Team are volunteers and receive neither payment nor expenses for participating in training or incidents.
Originally many rescues were carried out by the Police, National Park Rangers and the employees of Outward Bound centres, but with the expansion in the use of the Moors as a leisure activity this became impractical.
The Scarborough and District Team was formed in 1965 with about 12 members, Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team currently has fifty active team members including doctors, paramedics, nurses and people with hillwalking and climbing experience. Callouts come usually come from one of two sources - via a 999 call to the Police from a member of the public, or direct from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
Each year they are involved in around 35-40 incidents of a wide-ranging nature.
All Team members are volunteers who are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Their main area is approximately 2100 square miles, our Northern boundary runs from Sandsend, near Whitby, to Helmsley then across to the A19, they have no formal southern boundary and have participated in incidents as far as Humberside.
The John O'Groats to Land's End Bike Ride is approximately a 900 mile ride taking 12 days.
By completing the bike ride in 2011, Colin and Roger hope to raise as much money as possible in order to reserve further treatment sessions for Grace in the years ahead, and to make a significant donation to The Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team.
We are looking to you for help in raising funds, and any sponsorship will be greatly received and split equally between both great causes.
Sponsorship can be made at The Station Inn, Whitby.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
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