Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Businessman and son cycle to Brussels in aid of autism charity

A BUSINESSMAN and his son from Henley cycled from London to Brussels and raised £3,500 for the National Autistic Society.

A BUSINESSMAN and his son from Henley cycled from London to Brussels and raised £3,500 for the National Autistic Society.

Chris Ward, 61, and Oliver, 24, completed the 360km (224 miles) challenge in three days, finishing on June 16.

Mr Ward, of Lambridge Wood Road, Henley, said: “It wasn’t easy but I’m really proud to have completed the challenge.

“It was inspiring to share this experience with so many other riders whose lives have been touched by autism.

“Hearing their stories, struggles and achievements really brought home the importance of the society’s day-to-day work supporting people affected by autism.” Mr Ward, chairman and managing director of the Ward Consultancy in Hare Hatch, has been a supporter of the charity for more than 10 years and has previously taken part in a cycle ride from London to Paris and a stage of the Tour de France route, raising £10,000.

He said: “As a father of six, I understand how much goes into raising a family and am in awe of those parents who go the extra mile to look after children with additional needs.

“Events like London to Brussels are an opportunity to recognise the support needs of those affected by autism and to give something back.”

More than one in 100 people in the UK has autism, a lifelong condition which affects how a person relates to and communicates with others.

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