Doting Rosyth Dad Gears Up For 45 Mile Cycling Challenge

by Holyrood PR

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

A dedicated peddling parent is set to tackle a 45 mile fundraising cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh in order to raise funds for a charity close to their hearts.

Ryan and Orla pose on bike for Scottish PR Agency StoryRyan O’Connor (26), from Rosyth, will be taking part in the Pedal For Scotland Classic Challenge this September to fundraise for The Sick Kids Friends Foundation, who enabled his daughter to have a more positive hospital experience.

Ryan experienced firsthand the vital work that the charity does for young patients and their families when his youngest daughter Orla, aged 2, was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease shortly after birth, meaning she had to be in and out of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.

He said: “The Sick Kids Friends Foundation has played a big part in our lives since Orla was born and was diagnosed.

“During what was a scary and worrying time for us all, the team did a fantastic job at caring for her and making her better. Not only that but we were looked after too, which included being able to use the parents’ accommodation, so we could stay close to Orla, and the Drop In Centre.

“We’ve experienced for ourselves just how much SKFF does for children and their families in supporting them and making them feel comfortable and reassured. Thanks to them, hospital stays become fun instead of nerve-wracking, and that’s just a small part of what they do.”

As a novice to challenges like this, Ryan admits he’s a little anxious about the cycle but is glad to have his friends and family for support when the going gets tough. He is aiming to raise a minimum of £500.

He added:  “By saddling up, I hope to be able to give something back to SKFF to thank them for the incredible difference they make to children and their families across Scotland.

“I’m going to train as hard as I can by cycling to my work, going to the gym and taking on other general fitness programmes, and hopefully we can raise as much money as possible for this hugely worthy cause.”

Sue Diamond, Community Fundraising Manager at SKFF, said: “We wish Ryan the best of luck in this challenge and we are delighted that he has chosen the Sick Kids Friends Foundation as his cause.

“We exist to ensure children and young people’s lives are less interrupted by illness and that they have a more positive hospital experience. We provide enhanced facilities and cutting edge equipment and it is the generosity of those who get involved with us, like Ryan, which allows us to continue to do this.”

To help Ryan reach his £500 target, donate to his Just Giving page:

You can also take part in the Pedal for Scotland by contacting SKFF on 0131 668 4949 or [email protected]. As well as the Classic Challenge (45 miles), there is the Wee Jaunt in Edinburgh (10 miles) or Big Belter (110 miles). Fundraisers will receive a t-shirt sponsor pack and ongoing support.

By Catriona Timoney

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