Dorset Fundraisers In London Charity Bike Ride
12:02am 10th August 2014
Fundraisers are getting ready to tackle a gruelling bike ride this afternoon in aid of charity.
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle is a 100 mile cycle through the streets of the capital, starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and taking in some of the city's most famous sights before coming to an end on the Mall.
Matt Ings from Portland is one of the many taking on this event to support a loved one. A keen local cyclist, he'll be riding for Diabetes UK in support of his wife Carly, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 13.
"I regularly cycle 60 miles a week, so I saw RideLondon as a hundred-mile challenge, and with the support that we got from Diabetes UK, I wanted to give something back and support the their research and the care they have for people with diabetes."
Carly gave birth to a son, Leo, in November 2012, but admitted she had concerns that her condition could affect both mother and baby.
" I don't think it was until I got pregnant that we really began to realise exactly how big an impact it could have on both me and the baby. The first meeting I had with my doctor was really scary.
But my doctors and nurses were there for me every step of the way. Without them we wouldn't have the amazing little boy that we've got today."
Also making the gruelling 100 mile ride is Paul Stockwell, riding to support the Royal British Legion. A veteran of the Falklands and Northern Ireland, he'll be riding in memory of his uncle, a Royal Marine who died in Burma during the Second World War, as well as to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
"We only ever seem to think of the British Legion during the poppy appeal, but they need to raise funds all year round.
It would be great to raise as much as possible."
To sponsor Matt visit www.justgiving.com/matt-ings.