Louisa’s 100-mile cycle to find mum
PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 July 2015 | UPDATED: 08:40 22 July 2015
A CYCLIST took on a 100-mile journey from the Midlands to Weston’s Grand Pier in the hope of being reunited with her long lost mother.
Louisa Summer, who has Asperger’s, is cycling to raise funds for the National Autistic Society.
On July 2 she cycled from Worcester to Weston in the hope she can find her mother, who is believed to be living in the town.
Louisa was born under the name Wendy Louisa Hughes in 1969. But she last saw her birth mother when she was just six weeks old.
Louisa said: “I am taking part in the ride to raise awareness of disabilities and to raise money for the National Autistic Society.
“I am determined to grow awareness of hidden disabilities and show that with hard work and determination you can overcome any obstacle.
“However, the perfect end to this challenge would be being reunited with my mum, whom I have not seen I was a child.
“I visited Weston and the pier on many occasions and I have reason to believe my mum came to live here.”
Louisa raised £310 in sponsorship and the pier agreed to match her fundraising. She said: “I am very grateful to the pier for showing such generosity and offering to match the funds.”
The pier’s general manager Paul Charalambous said: “We are delighted that the pier holds a special place in Louisa’s heart and we are proud to offer her our support.
“It’s great to know that arriving at our attraction gave her such a great sense of welcome.
“We hope the ride gave Louisa a great sense of achievement and if she is fortunate enough to be reunited with her mother, it will be the icing on the cake.”
To find out more information about the National Autistic Society and to support Louisa’s fundraising visit www.justgiving.com/louisa-summer