CYCLING friends will hit the road for a coast-to-coast adventure in aid of three little battlers.
A total of 130 miles is set to be covered in three days as pals of twins Jack and Thomas Ferry and Phillip Scott ride from Whitehaven in Cumbria to the Sunderland seafront at Roker.
Phillip’s dad Paul, and Jack and Thomas’s dad David, who know each other after being colleagues at Edward Thompson Printers, will be among those getting in the saddle.
Five-year-old Phillip, of Silksworth, was born with cerebral palsy, chronic asthma and developmental delay, meaning he is much smaller than others his age.
In the past year, he has been going for treatment at Footsteps, a rehabilitation centre in Oxfordshire which helps children suffering from conditions such as Phillip’s to learn to walk.
Sessions there cost thousands of pounds a time.
Paul, 48, said: “The improvements in Phillip are there, even though they are only small.
“He was due to go down for his next stage of treatment in June, but unfortunately he was out playing with his grandad and hurt his shoulder, so we are looking at the end of November.”
Jack and Thomas, 12, of Southwick, were born prematurely at 24 weeks, with both facing a catalogue of series healthy issues. Jack suffers from hearing problems, visual impairment and epilepsy, among other issues.
Thomas, the elder of the twins, has asymmetric four-limb cerebral palsy and is profoundly deaf, meaning he needs a cochlear implant to hear.
Cash raised from the ride will help Jack and Thomas’s parents, David and Helen, buy specialist equipment.
David, 38, said: “To look after the lads costs a lot of money.
“We’re just hoping we can raise as much as we can.”
The riders are due to set off next Friday and hope to arrive in Sunderland on Sunday, July 14.
Anyone interested in sponsoring them can call Paul Scott on 07969 487501 or David Ferry on 07730 551285.