Cycling for Autism Awareness UK

After taking up cycling, two members of the Howdens' St Ives depot decided to take on a bigger cycling challenge to support Autism Awareness UK...

Howdens’ St Ives depot cycling for Autism Awareness UK

In Spring 2016 two members of Howdens’ St Ives depot in Cambridgeshire, decided to take up cycling. Initially Graeme Kinslow, Sales Rep and Rahmon Shafau (Ray), Warehouse Operative approached the new hobby as a way to keep fit. However, after a few months of pounding the roads, they decided they needed a bigger challenge – a charity bike ride!

Nick Watts, Depot Manager suggested a 110 mile return bike ride from Market Deeping – Graeme and Ray’s hometown – to Skegness on the Lincolnshire coast.  The trio agreed to support Autism Awareness UK, a charity which is close to all their hearts.

Graeme’s sister Helen is autistic and although now in adult life, the trials and tribulations of having autism is something she and those around her have experienced and still deal with on a daily basis. In addition, Nick’s 11 year old son is on the autistic spectrum and knows all full well the difficult, hard and trying life that this condition means.

With the challenge set, six weeks of intense training started. Much support and encouragement was given by both depot staff and account holders, despite regular moans and groans of saddle sores. Graeme and Ray set off early morning for their first day of 55 miles, returning the following day with a total of 110 miles conquered, a sense of achievement and £700 charity support accomplished.