A team of 24 cyclists have raised more than £28,000 for Portslade-based children’s charity, Extratime, by cycling 70 miles around the Isle of Wight on Friday 11th May 2018. The team of cyclists from the All England Lawn Tennis Association, Turner & Townsend and Overbury were inspired after hearing how the charity supports Caleb Edser at their club in Woodingdean, Brighton.
Caleb’s uncle, Andy Edser, organised the cycle ride which has also been supported by the MariaMarina Foundation and the Wimbledon Foundation. Andy said, “My nephew is an extraordinary young man – he was was born with an extremely rare genetic condition called Osteopetrosis.
“This has resulted in Caleb spending many of his early years in and out of hospital having multiple operations and generally having a bit of a rough time. Caleb has severe learning and mobility problems and was born blind. His parents Matt and Michelle do a fantastic job in caring for Caleb but rely on a network of people to help lighten the load. Extratime is a fantastic charity offering holiday and afterschool care for children with profound disabilities.
“This small charity makes a big difference to families of children like Caleb and every penny raised will go a long way to providing the excellent specialist care that children like Caleb require.”
Extratime’s co-founder, Marian Tipler, told us, “The support of this team of cyclists and their sponsors is overwhelming. A donation of this size is just incredible for a small, local charity like Extratime. It will make such a huge difference to the children and young people we support at our clubs and schemes. It is hard to put into words how much this means to us – all I can say is that we are sending the biggest, most heartfelt thank you from us all.”
If anyone would like to sponsor the team to further support Extratime’s work, you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aeltc-round-the-island