Adam Sullivan, Chief Executive of Baywater Healthcare, joined over 200 other riders on Sunday 28th June for a 52 mile cycle ride round the streets of Manchester – and together they raised over£50,000 for the Joining Jack charity.
The charity had organised the JJ100 Bike Ride as part of the Great Manchester Cycle. Riders had a choice of distances – 13 miles, 26 miles or 52 miles, with the finish line at the Etihad Campus, home to Manchester City FC. For added safety, the roads were closed to traffic giving everyone the opportunity, from children accompanied by their parents to experienced club cyclists, to take part. The longest distance had a time trial element attached, to make it that bit more challenging.
The Joining Jack charity raises funds to research a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) – a genetic condition which causes muscle weakness. As of yet, there is no cure. It was named in honour of Jack, a seven-year boy from Wigan, who was diagnosed with the condition in 2011 but who continues to live life to the full.
Adam, who was joined on the ride by his teenage son Tom, said “it was a perfect day to be donning the Lycra as the temperature was relatively cool. I hope that, as well as the money, we have raised awareness of this debilitating condition and the great work Joining Jack is doing every day of the year. Hopefully, this will inspire others to go to joiningjack.org to see how they can help raise more funds or find out how to spread the word on Facebook or Twitter.”