Two local lads who know first hand the importance of Acorns Children’s Hospice care are bringing pedal power to the aid of life limited children by joining a charity cycle event.
The young cyclists are among dozens of enthusiasts getting in the saddle for a demanding but beautiful 10 or 20-mile Severn Valley Cycle Challenge on Sunday, August 22.
Umzah Iqbal, aged 13, and his cousin Zain Ahmed, 11, of Acocks Green, were keen to join the Cycle Challenge when they heard about it during an Acorns’ trip to the Severn Valley.
The event will take a route starting from Bridgnorth or the Severn Valley Park past Arley Arboretum, Acorns Memorial Wood and the Wyre Forest, finishing at Bewdley. Participants can then celebrate their achievement with a leisurely steam train journey back to the start on the Severn Valley Railway.
Umzah, whose cousin Henna Tabasum, also 13, is life limited, said: “I’m looking forward to joining the Cycle Challenge. We will pace ourselves and have been preparing for it but it will be quite fun, and something to look forward to in the holidays.
“It is nice to help children like Henna.”
Acorns’ treks and challenges officer Lucy Shepherd added: “The Severn Valley Cycle Challenge is a fun way to get fit, have a great day out or to remember someone special.
“Acorns currently cares for over 500 life limited and life threatened children and their families, in our three hospices across the heart of England. There is no charge to families for our services but it does cost £4,500 per day to run each hospice and we rely on donations for the majority of our income.
“By taking part in the challenge, participants will be helping raise vital funds for us to continue to support local families.”
For further information regarding the Severn Valley Cycle Challenge, visit www.acorns.org.uk/cycle or call Acorns on 0844 9840405.