Dad's 50k charity bike ride for Banbury's Frank Wise School is nearly at its £2,500 target

The father of a teenager with Down's Syndrome is welcoming cyclists to a 50k bike ride on Sunday to raise money for Frank Wise School in Banbury.

By Roseanne Edwards
Tuesday, 18th August 2020, 4:24 pm
Updated Monday, 31st August 2020, 8:16 pm
David and Lorraine Kelly and their daughter Penny
David and Lorraine Kelly and their daughter Penny

David Kelly and his wife Lorraine have a 15-year-old daughter, Penny, who attends the school and in normal times travels to the Broughton Road unit from home in Chipping Warden every day.

Mr Kelly decided to raise the money to help pay for upkeep of the school minibuses, a new pathway to allow children full access to the grounds and fitness equipment for the senior children's field.

"The school does amazing things for the children and parents and when speaking to teachers I found that the school wasn't receiving much public fundraising," said Mr Kelly.

David Kelly is pictured outside The Griffin with landlords Sally and Andy. In the background are Penny and Lorraine Kelly

"I hope what we raise through this bike ride will help to keep the school minibuses on the road. These are vital in not only picking and dropping the children off but allowing the youngsters to have days out and experience new environments. There is always funding needed to help maintain the school as well as buying equipment for the kids."

The charity bike ride takes place on Sunday at 10am. So far 19 riders are signed up to take part. Riders will meet outside the Griffin pub in Chipping Warden. The ride itself should take between three and four hours and it ends back at the Griffin where there will be some light entertainment. There will be a stop half way. Everyone is welcome.

Anyone wishing to join can email Mr Kelly at [email protected] or phone 07971 809562. The target for fundraising is £2,500 which has almost been met and those wishing to support this effort can make a pledge by visiting Mr Kelly's Just Giving page here.