Helen decided she wanted to support Whizz-Kidz because they enable disabled kids to get as much out of life as everyone else.

“At first I thought the fundraising target was a little bit ambitious and found it a little daunting but once the money started coming in it got quite a bit easier.”

Ahead of taking on RideLondon in August 2014, Helen raised £220 from a 100 mile turbo training session on a static bike at her local supermarket.

Helen organised a range of fundraising activities from cake sales at work, sponsored dress-down days and even lunch time manicures (which raised £120 on their own).

Quick Tip: “I found a little reminder now and again that the event was getting closer got people’s interest. People were very generous and responsive when I explained the great work Whizz-Kidz does.”

Despite the harsh weather conditions along the RideLondon route, (which saw it shortened for safety reasons), Helen decided to sign up to the Marholm 5x5 sportive just a week later to ensure she fulfilled her promise to race 100 miles.

Helen summed up her experience by saying, “I’m quite an active person myself so I kind of like the idea that the work Whizz-Kidz does allows people who are less able to do all the things they want to do as well.”

Helen may have had her concerns about meeting her fundraising target, but when it came down to it, she surpassed her target and raised a fantastic £1,143.50.

A total of £120 from lunchtime manicures could pay for a disabled child to receive four hours of wheelchair skills training, providing vital skills and confidence in using their new equipment safely and independently, and cover the cost of two families’ initial telephone assessments with a fully qualified Whizz-Kidz therapist.