Bucks dad takes on another cycle challenge for his daughter

Bucks Free Press: Bucks dad takes on another cycle challenge for his daughter Bucks dad takes on another cycle challenge for his daughter

A HUGHENDEN Valley man is taking on a 60 mile bike once again.

Graeme Card, 55, is doing the annual LA fitness Capital to Coast charity cycle ride on June 22, which is suitable for all abilities, and actively encourages those with disabilities to take part.

All money raised from the event goes to Norwood, the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) and Action Medical Research .

Graeme, a senior procurement consultant for JLT, said: "I got involved with the C2C when I got a call from a good friend (Chris) who asked me if I'd like to do a charity cycle ride for the DSA. Having a fabulous daughter Emily who just happens to have Down’s I thought, 'Why not?'"

That was ten years ago and since then the team of Graeme, Chris Dingley, Phil Oliver and Mike Howse have raised more than £30,000.

He said: "So why do we do this? Well the answer is simple- Emily. She was born 21 years ago and was a complete surprise. I’ll always remember the last words the paediatrician said to me- 'Enjoy your daughter'. "Being pretty shell shocked at the time I recall saying to my wife: 'What on earth did he mean by that?'

"Well Emily has spent the last 21 years teaching me what he meant. What an absolute joy she is. So she is why I do the ride to raise money for the DSA who help people like Emily lead rich and fulfilling lives. It’s the least I can do."

Go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/DSADashers to sponsor Graeme.

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