Cycle challenge for East Devon and Exeter youngsters to boost charity for disabled children

Parents with young children in Exeter and East Devon are invited to sign youngsters up for a free virtual bike ride for charity.

Whizz Kids Toys, based in Exmouth, has launched the Little Wheels Lockdown Ride 2020 for children aged between two and six years old, mapping out four routes suitable for little legs.

The aim of the event is to give East Devon youngsters who might be missing school and nursery a boost, while raising funds for nationwide charity Whizz-Kidz, who work to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK.

The event is thought to be the first of its kind for the age group.

Children can ride their balance bikes, trikes, pedal bikes and scooters on routes between 2.2 to 3km in length.

Registration is open until July 5 and youngsters need to complete the ride before July 31.

Children completing the cycle challenge will receive a certificate and gold, silver or bronze medal in the post.

It is free to take part in the event, but voluntary donations are encouraged for the Whizz-Kids charity.

Kes Reid, founder of Whizz Kids Toys, said: “Children just love to receive medals so I hope it will be a great morale boost for them.

“During lockdown we’ve seen many more children learning to ride with their parents, which is fantastic.

“This is the perfect opportunity to challenge them a little and give them a focus to build on their skills and stamina.

“The added bonus is that it enables parents to discover some alternative safe riding locations around our beautiful region too.”

She added: “The aim of this event is to give them a positive focus over these challenging times.

“Schools and nurseries have been shut until recently. Toddler and pre-schooler activities, leisure centres and sports clubs have all had to close their doors.”

The cycle routes planned are:
Exeter Quay to Riverside Valley Park
Exe Estuary Trail – Topsham
Along the Exmouth Esplanade.
Along the disused railway line from Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton.

Parents can sign up their children to three different levels. The rides can be competed in their own time, by July 31.

The event is backed by Exeter City Council.

For more information and to enter, see here.

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