Thursday, 28 October 2021

That was fr you, grandma

A YOUNG cyclist has completed a 50-mile ride for charity in honour of his grandmother.

A YOUNG cyclist has completed a 50-mile ride for charity in honour of his grandmother.

Danny Wills, 12, of Park View Drive North, Charvil, rode more than 50 laps of the Lee Valley VeloPark in London, which was used at the 2012 Olympic Games.

He raised more than £570 for the Alzheimer’s Society, the charity he chose because his grandma Beverley Grubb has suffered from the disease for 10 years and was recently moved into a care home in Oxford.

Danny, a pupil at the Piggott School in Wargrave, finished his ride in three hours and 22 minutes despite being battered by rain and hail. He was joined for sections of the ride by his parents Nick and Clare and 14-year-old brother Kier.

Danny said: “It was cold and cloudy but once we got moving it was okay. I found it quite easy to keep going even though I got tired. For the last 10 laps it was raining and hailing, so I got soaking wet but it didn’t stop me. It was really good fun to be out on my bike. I’ve been riding bikes since I was three and I cycle to school. For about two weeks before this I was cycling in the evenings to Wargrave or Reading.”

Danny, who rides a B’Twin road bike, has now joined a cycling club at Palmer Park in Reading.

“I’m really pleased I did it,” he said. “It’s the longest ride I’ve ever done in one sitting and I’m hoping to do more. I got a lot of sponsorship at school from my friends and teachers.” Mrs Grubb, 81, lived in Belle Vue Road, Henley, with her husband David, a former headteacher of Gillotts School, before moving to the care home.

Danny said: “My granddad was really pleased with me and said he thought I’d done well. I often go to see my grandma with him.”

Mr Wills, who runs the Busy Brushes children’s art club with his wife, said: “Danny decided off his own back that he wanted to do something. We thought it was a great idea but I wasn’t very keen on him going on the roads so we decided to go to the Olympic track and make it a family outing.”

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