Month: June 2019

A Great Ride for a Great Cause in not Great Weather

Staff of Hillyer McKeown reach New Brighton during their charity ride

North West solicitor Hillyer McKeown completed a 33 mile charity ride at the weekend in questionable conditions. Amongst their riders was the North Wirral Velo’s own Matthew O’Brien.

The ride was in aid of Jamie’s SDR Journey.

Jamie is 4 years old from Liverpool. He suffered 2 significant bleeds on his brain after being born at 30 weeks and was subsequently diagnosed with cerebral palsy. As a result, Jamie suffers from extreme muscle tightness in his legs and cannot stand or walk unaided.

Jamie is a good candidate for  a life changing operation called SDR (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy) which would greatly reduce this tightness, but this is not currently funded by the NHS. This procedure would immeasurably improve Jamie’s quality of life and may even allow him to stand on his own two feet in future. He would also need at least two years of intensive physiotherapy afterwards to maximise the benefits.

In spite of the health problems Jamie has suffered from, he has rarely complained about what life has dealt him and he has endured all his treatment like a trooper. We are now in the perfect window for the SDR operation.

Any donation would be greatly appreciated and would help Jamie fulfil the potential we know he has. You can donate from the link below

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hillyermckeownllp

A Mixed Bag

The weather wasn’t the only mixed bag last weekend, the members of the North Wirral Velo were doing a variety of cycling activities too.

Current club TT champ, super quick Robin Hennessy was chasing his sub 20 minute 10 mile dream with another great effort in the St Asaph event. It was a tougher day than he hoped weather wise so his 21.09 was a very respectable time. We are confident that it’s only a matter of time, (see what I did there) before Rob joins the sub 20 club…

Great photo of Robin by Thomas Owen

Meanwhile, in a massive room in Manchester, one of the club’s other educators was trying his hand on the boards for the first time.

No, not performing arts but riding on the velodrome. Clearly struggling with the basics, Anthony Denby, pictured below wondering if he has his gearing correct for such an incline. He does love a climb though…

“Can’t I just try this bit?”

And in Wales, a big turn out on the Sunday club run, saw the lads stop to pose with a blue tree and a ride around the hills to Loggerheads.

Ant Denby fooled everyone by sending his clone on the club run whilst he went to the Manchester velodrome.

If you fancy joining us on a ride, please contact us through our social media pages or email us hello@nwvcycling.club. You can also come along to one of our monthly club meetings in Pensby.

Hope to see you soon, ride safe.
OB

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