Date published: 10 August 2016 by Anna Jackson
A family from Scunthorpe are riding 500 miles between them dressed as superheroes to help support ‘real superheroes’ – the families caring for a seriously ill child who we support.
Chris Houghton, his Dad Syd, along with brothers Nik, Gaz and close friend Jamie Eaton, will each ride 100 miles around Lincolnshire on 20 August to raise money to support seriously ill children and their families. Every family supported by Rainbow Trust is provided with their own Family Support Worker who helps them at home, in the community or in hospital in whatever way they can to make life a little bit easier.
Chris challenged himself after his older brother Lee died of cystic fibrosis. The team of five have already raised over £600 for Rainbow Trust - amazing!
“When we first decided on a 100-mile cycle ride it seemed 80 miles too long, but after the generosity of everyone donating and knowing that so many children would benefit from our efforts, 100 miles will be no problem for such a great charity. Despite the challenge, completing the superhero event will be such an achievement for me and knowing what I raise will be going to such a great cause makes it all worthwhile. The families and children that Rainbow Trust helps are the true heroes.”
Emma Haines, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Rainbow Trust, said:
“What a fantastic challenge Chris and his team are taking on, and all that distance dressed as superheroes! It’s down to the generosity of our supporters that we are able to continue raising vital funds to support families in need. We’d like to thank all our supporters, like Chris and his friends, for helping us raise awareness of the work Rainbow Trust does.”
Just £168 pays for a day’s visit from a Family Support Worker and £1,690 is the cost of support for a family with a terminally ill child for a whole year.
To sponsor the superheroes, visit their Virgin Money Giving page online: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/houghtonsday