Weston man cycling for his granddaughter

12:30 11 April 2013

Chris Leaman doing a charity bike ride for Weston Springboard.

Chris Leaman doing a charity bike ride for Weston Springboard.

Archant

A WESTON man is planning to cycle 56 miles to raise money for a charity that supports his disabled granddaughter.

Chris Leaman, aged 52, has entered the Great Weston Ride Cycle Sportiv where he will ride from Bristol to Weston via the Mendips and Somerset Levels.

As well as supporting the ride’s main charity, Prostate Cancer UK, he is making the challenge more personal by raising money for Springboard Weston, which provides support for children with additional needs.

His granddaughter Lily May has a life threatening mitochondrial condition, which has left her physically and mentally disabled, and she is provided with support from Springboard.

Chris said: “She was not expected to live past a year and she is now two-and-a-half. It’s nice that I could do this cycle for myself, but it’s better to be able to get some money together for something so close to my heart. Her mum does a fantastic job in looking after her but is also grateful for the support she gets from Springboard Weston and the stimulating development attention they give to Lily.”

He is currently in training for the ride, and cycles around 70-80 miles a week.

He said: “I used to cycle quite a bit and started again last year with a cycle to work scheme. I wanted to have a go at some longer road cycling, and this ride had a charity angle and that gave me more incentive to do it.

“Knowing I’m doing it for a charity that’s important to me makes it easier to keep going when everything starts to hurt.”

Chris will be taking part in the ride on July 21.

To sponsor him visit his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Chris-Leaman1

1 comment

  • An message of encouragement to Chris on behalf of Springboard. Thank you very much for your support and we wish you all the best of luck on your scenic cycle and hope it keeps dry for you.

    Report this comment

    springboarder

    Thursday, April 11, 2013

Other News Stories

25 minutes ago
Birnbeck Pier, Weston.

Campaigners aiming to save Birnbeck Pier have told the Mercury they want to build a hotel, a restaurant, rides and a museum as part of their scheme to restore the historic site.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:06
Doctor

HEALTH services in Somerset could be about to change with a pioneering new link-up between GPs, care services and other providers.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00
Weston College sport and public services awards.

MORE than 100 Weston College students, staff and employers attended a glamorous awards ceremony held at the Grand Pier.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:32
Characters Major Metcalf and Mollie Ralston in The Mousetrap.

WESTON’S main theatre is celebrating one of its most successful productions following the visit of the world’s longest-running stage show.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
Weston College's plans for the Winter Gardens. Photo c/o Weston College and View Architects.

WESTON College’s plans for the town’s iconic Winter Gardens have finally been revealed.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:54
Nutritionist Kevin Shore.

A NUTRITIONIST is set to promote his love of healthy living while also benefitting the community through organising a group workout video for charity.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:37
Avon Fire and Rescue

A 15-year-old boy had to be rescued after he became trapped while climbing a cliff in Kewstoke Road, Weston, last night (Monday).

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00
Neve in hospital after finding out her treatment is working.

THE family of a 13-year-old girl from Weston who was diagnosed with leukaemia less than a month ago have said how proud they are of their ‘amazing’ daughter.

Read more
Mon, 15:56
Teddy Bears Picnic in Marine Cove Gardens on the Esplanade, Burnham-on -Sea, Sisters Grace and Isabelle.

MORE than 50 youngsters and their teddy bears enjoyed a picnic in Burnham’s Marine Cove last week.

Read more

STINGING cuts worth hundreds of pounds a year will hit more than 10,000 of North Somerset’s poorest families, it has been claimed, even if they are already in work or signed off due to illness.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition today E-edition


Somerset's trusted business finder