? 23-year-old Beth Jones was inspired to take part in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 to raise money for Sense, after seeing first-hand the difference we make to the people we support, including to her brother Callum.
Beth’s brother Callum has epilepsy and severe learning difficulties, and attends our Sense day centre in Streatley, Bedfordshire. We support Callum by removing barriers of communication, which gives him the opportunity to connect and experience the world!
“Despite the challenges that Callum faces, he has always been happy, curious and engaged with all the world has to offer.” – Beth
Since Callum started to receive support from Sense, the family has visibly seen the difference it has made to his life.
“Since first attending Sense in September 2018, Callum has been expressing more of his thoughts and opinions, and has gained a new-found independence. It has been amazing to watch him excel and grow into a wonderful young man.”
Seeing Callum fulfilled and happy at the Centre has also been a relief for the entire family, who were left uncertain of what services would be available to Callum after he left school at 18.
“Thankfully my family were lucky enough to have the amazing charity, Sense, to support Callum. This has alleviated a lot of anxiety for my parents, who can happily send their son to a place where they know he will be supported and cared for by incredible staff.”
Beth, who is in her fifth year studying medicine at University College London, started cycling three years ago, and is now hooked!
“In 2017, I organised a charity cycle from London to Paris in under 24 hours, which was my first big cycle! Naturally, I caught the ‘cycling bug’ and have been cycling ever since, including from London to Brussels in May this year. Despite my many hours in the saddle, I haven’t actually raced before, so I am very excited for this challenge!”
Beth will be completing the cycle with her best friend Megan, and has been squeezing in training between revising for her medical exams.
The Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100 will take place on Sunday 4 August, starting from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, before following a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside, before finishing on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on a similar route.
“I am cycling for Sense, as I want to support disabled adults, like my brother, in reaching their full potential. Without charities like Sense, vulnerable adults would be left navigating the world, unable to speak their mind or share their wishes.” – Beth
“I hope this ride and my attempts to raise awareness around this issue will provide people with a better understanding of the barriers that young people with disabilities face, and give some insight into how they can help tackle this issue.”
Wishing everyone who is participating, a big good luck and you can find out more about how to get involved with #TeamSense! There’s so many ways to join Sense, you can volunteer with us, signup to one of our future events, or even set up your own fundraising activities. Click below to find out more!