Father and son head off on another adventure to raise funds for MRF

Father and son head off on another adventure to raise funds for MRF

20 February 2012

Following the success of their 100 km Anglesey Bike Ride in 2011, which raised over £600, six year old Ben Winter, a pupil at Radbrook Primary School, Shrewsbury, and his dad Dave will complete the first leg of the Shropshire Way (57 miles) in the Easter holidays, camping on the way and are hoping to complete it over a five day period.

The route is as follows:
• Tue 3 Apr (Shrewsbury - Bridges)
• Wed 4 Apr (Bridges - Bishops Castle)
• Thu 5 Apr (Bishops Castle - Clun)
• Fri 6 Apr (Clun - Stokesay)
• Sat 7 Apr (Stokesay - Ludlow)

Dave said: “shortly after his first birthday in December 2006, Ben was diagnosed with Meningococcal Septicaemia. He had a narrow escape but thanks to his mother Tina's actions and a swift diagnosis at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, he was quickly treated and made a complete recovery. Ben is old enough to understand how lucky he was to recover from meningitis and we enjoyed our bike ride so much last year that we thought we head off again to raise funds for MRF and the research they do into the disease.”

Ben said: “I really enjoyed doing our bike ride last summer and we wanted to do another adventure to raise money. I hope we collect even more this time.”

The following businesses are supporting Ben and Dave by offering 10% discount during the month of April 2012 on production of a MRF lapel sticker, or proof of donating on the website: Spike Outdoors, Shrewsbury and Outdoor Depot, Church Stretton

Travel writer Terry Marsh said: "The Shropshire Way is Britain's finest, unsung long-distance trail, touring the landscapes of one of the most exquisite counties. As co-author of the guidebook to the Way, I wish Ben and his father success and joy in their task, and am confident that they will enjoy every step of the way."

If you would like to donate to Ben and Dave’s sponsored hill walk in aid of Meningitis Research Foundation please go to www.justgiving.com/Ben-Winter0.

Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

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