Members of an acrobatic gymnastics club are preparing to take on a huge challenge for a special cause as they plan to cycle 175 miles to the British Gymnastics Championship Series at the M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool.
Based in Yate, South Gloucestershire, Kind Edmund Acrobatics Gymnastics Club are gearing up for a four-day bike ride as they look to raise money for a special foundation set up for one of their gymnasts who sadly passed away last year.
Lucy Ellis was a talented 16 year-old gymnast and was part of Kind Edmunds acrobatic team. In May 2018 Lucy sadly lost a short battle with sepsis, a rare but life-threatening condition, often triggered by infection.
In Lucy’s memory, her family established the Lucy Ellis Foundation to campaign for better awareness of sepsis, to raise money for specialist equipment and training for hospitals in Wales, and to offer athletics scholarships to help underprivileged children and teens pursue their dreams.
To support the Foundation and her family’s efforts, Mark Thorne, co-owner of King Edmund Acrobatic Gymnastics Club, along with three other members and fathers at the club - Pete Grehan, Louis Stinchcombe and Kev Owen - came together to plan a fundraising effort a year on from Lucy’s passing.
Since deciding on the bike ride, the group have been training for the last few months to get ready for the main event.
They will head off on Tuesday 23rd July, stopping overnight at Worcester, Telford and Chester before arriving at the M&S Bank Arena on Friday 26th July.For more information on the Foundation, visit their website, or to donate, visit their Go Fund Me page.