Bernard Hall, Cuddington
By Haddenham Webteam - 19th March 2015 3:30pm
Two Haddenham residents Rachael Barnard and Natalie Giles and others from Quainton, Weedon and Buckingham have formed a women's road cycling team, intent on raising autism awareness and funds for a Bucks early years autism charity called the Puzzle Centre.
Their ambition is to complete L'Etape du Tour, a mountain stage of the Tour de France and road cycling's toughest sportive, to promote autism awareness and fundraise for ground-breaking early years autism charity, the Puzzle Centre. Each of the riders either has a child on the autism spectrum or works at the charity's early intervention centre.
Just days before the peloton passes by, these five amateur female cyclists — none of whom had ever ridden a road bike until a few months ago — will tackle a tough mountain stage of the Tour de France covering 142km, climbing around 60km over four mountains at an average gradient of 6.5%.
With the support of the cycling industry and autism community (see our sponsors), the rookie team has received donations of bikes, kit, nutrition and training support and has learnt the skills of road biking in readiness for this gruelling endurance event.
Rachael said: "When I first visited Puzzle Centre, all I could think was that I wish a place like this had existed when our son was young so that the whole family could have accessed their support and knowledge during those difficult early years and diagnosis process. Ordinary families deserve access to ground-breaking services like Puzzle — that's why we decided to form Puzzle5 and take on the L'Etape challenge. By the time we complete the race on 19 July 2015, we hope to have made more people aware of the needs of very young children with autism and raised funds to help extend the vital services provided by Puzzle Centre.'
Puzzle Centre is a place of hope and joy for these very young children and their families.
If you are interested in learning more about the Puzzle5Etape and the work at Puzzle Centre, please contact rider Rachael Barnard on 07792 635192
If you would like to help these ladies to realise their ambition and make autism more widely understood and the Puzzle Centre's service more easily accessible by following them on Facebook and on twitter @Puzzle5Etape or visit their website.
To donate, please visit their JustGiving page.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Following the creation of 'The Green Phoenix' (a Community Interest Company) in November 2018, with the intention of seeking to acquire the Green Dragon in Haddenham on behalf of the local community, the core team has issued the following update on Tuesday 18th December.We wanted to let you know we have had a fantastic response from the community regarding buying the Green Dragon...
Following the recent Government decision to move to a unitary authority in Buckinghamshire, combining the County Council and District Council authorities into one body, AVDC has now received confirmation from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government that there will not be any local elections in 2019. This means that district councillors will now continue until 2020 and that...
Celebrate the 10th year of the Florence Nightingale Hospice Midnight Walk this yearFlorence Nightingale Hospice Charity's Midnight Walk began in 2010 with 550 ladies walking up to 12 miles and raised £65,000.By 2018 the event had opened up to include men and has become their largest fundraising event. Over the past nine years the walk has raised over £500,000 towards...