Sponsored bike ride to raise funds for people with disabilities
Piers and Rachel Dyer will be using vintage pedal power to cycle over 800 miles in less than a month this summer, raising funds for Mary’s Beat. Mary’s Beat is a charitable fund for people living in Somerset or Devon with physical and/or learning disabilities, to gain access to music or outdoor activities. The fund was set up after Mary Christabel Dyer sadly died in 2017 and is administered by Somerset Community Foundation.
In 2000, Mary took part in a 24-hour, 85 mile ‘tortoise and hare’ cycle ride from Leatherhead to Le Mans. Her father, Piers, pedalled Mary in her Duet, a wheelchair bicycle, and Mary’s sister Esther, and her aunt, Rachel, made up the rest of the team of cyclists raising money for the national charity SeeAbility.
Piers explained: “It seems only fitting that, eighteen years after our last charity bike ride to Le Mans, we’re doing it again - but this time raising funds in memory of Mary. And we’re also going nearly ten times the distance! So this July we plan to cycle an 835 mile round trip to Le Mans, starting and ending at our home in Cossington.
“We’ve planned a few rest days along the way and have even managed to schedule an overnight stay with our son, Mary’s brother Theo, in Brighton on the return journey.”
Rachel went on to say: “I will be riding the same bike I rode on the first Le Mans cycle ride – it’s a lovely 1984 Claude Butler tourer – and Piers is riding his 22 year-old Dawes tourer. Our target is to raise £1,500. It’s going to be a challenge but we’re ready for it!”
Once the ride is underway, which starts on Tuesday 3 and finishes Thursday 26 July, there will be regular blog updates posted on the Mary’s Beat JustGiving page here, where you can also donate.
If you have any questions regarding applying for funding from Mary’s Beat, please call us on: 01749 344949.