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Charlie and friends show their charity pedal power
A KNUTSFORD schoolboy took on a major Highland challenge on August 3 to thank the charity which helped make his greatest wish come true.
Charlie Frith is living with renal dysplasia, and was granted his greatest wish when he met Dragon’s Den stars Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden through wish-granting charity Rays of Sunshine.
Renal dysplasia is a condition that can occur in babies while they are growing in the womb.
The internal structures of one or both of the baby’s kidneys do not develop normally, and fluid-filled sacs called cysts replace normal kidney tissue.
The 12-year-old and his friends decided to cycle from Fort William to Inverness to raise money for the charity and help other children to have their greatest wish granted.
Charlie’s mum Hazel said: “Charlie and his three friends had been talking about doing a bike ride to raise money for ages – they really wanted to do something that would challenge them.
“I am not sure they realised how tough the ride would be, but it made it all worthwhile. I am very proud of Charlie for finishing the course.”
Charlie enlisted the help of eight friends and family and the group set off for Scotland on Friday. August 2.
Over the following two days the group made the 65-mile journey to Inverness, battling blustery wind and heavy rain to cross the finishing line at 6.30pm on Sunday, August 4.
The group had a warm welcome at the Scottish city as Domino’s Pizza was on hand at the end of the course with some well-earned treats.
The company began a charity partnership with Rays of Sunshine earlier this year.
Pat Dunese, franchisee for Domino’s in Inverness, said: “It was a pleasure to serve Charlie and his friends with pizza at the end of the challenge – they certainly deserved it.”
Charlie will continue supporting Rays of Sunshine, and is planning another event in the coming weeks.
To find out more about the Rays of Sunshine charity, which helps make wishes come true for children with serious or life-limiting conditions, visit raysofsunshine.org.uk.
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