TWO avid cyclists from Rhyl plan to ride from London to Amsterdam for charity.

Lee and Natalie Bailey will take on the 360-mile cycle over four days from Wednesday, August 29.

The pair have been inspired to put their pedal-power to good use for UK wide charity Sense, supports people with complex disabilities, including their 15-year-old daughter Megan, who has global developmental delay and visually impaired.

Natalie, 44, a teacher at Ysgol Llewelyn in the town, said:“We've done a lot of fundraising for Sense over the years as a way of thanking them for the work and support they offer us as a family, and in helping our daughter, Megan. 

"We are really excited about this cycling challenge and cannot wait to reach Amsterdam.

"Megan turns 16 this year and over the years Sense has given us so much support, in terms of communicating with Megan, education and general advice on how to ensure that Megan reaches her full potential and put us in touch with families in similar situations."

The charity has supported Megan, a pupil of Ysgol Tir Morfa Community Special school, over the last decade, arranging summer holidays for the family and enabling Megan to take part in activities and make new connections.

Natalie and Lee, 42, who is a policeman, will set off from the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre at 7am, travelling through Calais, Bruges and Breda.

Natalie added: "I actually cycled from London to Paris for Sense in 2012 with my sister, Julie Logan, so we decided we wanted to do one together this time.

"After researching organised cycle challenges we decided on London to Amsterdam.

"We both love cycling and have always cycled. 

"We're both really looking forward to being able to cycle together for four whole days.

"Training is going really well, even though it's difficult to train together because of the children, but we've managed to get out a few times together.

"The most challenging ride we've done so far was over the tops of the hills from Rhyl to Betws-y-Coed . It was a very tough day with enormous hills."

To raise funds for the trip, Natalie and Lee organised an Easter fun run along Rhyl promenade, an afternoon tea party and a gin and prosecco afternoon.

Most recently, Natalie organised a virtual bike ride around the Ysgol Llewelyn playground for pupils, with children donating £1 for a 30 minute session and raised £345.

Natalie said: "We hope that you will help us to raise as much money as we can for this fantastic charity, so that we can continue to benefit from all the wonderful experiences Sense has offered Megan and our family."
Natalie and Lee have raised £1,860 so far. 

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