For bakery manager and keen cyclist, Rob Burrows, from Tottenham in North London, cycling 100km around the streets of London at night is not only challenging but also doubly rewarding – for him and his son.
Rob is taking part in Nightrider 2013 on behalf of children’s and young people’s charity, Action For Kids, based in Hornsey.
Rob says: “My son, Daniel, has been involved with Action For Kids since he was at school – now he’s 23 – and I am taking part in the Nightrider cycle ride to raise money for the charity so they can help more youngsters like him.”
Action For Kids helps children and young people with physical and learning disabilities find greater levels of independence and opportunity through the provision of appropriate aid and support.
In Daniel’s case, the charity offered him work experience when he was 15 and over the past eight years he has stayed in touch with the charity. He currently does real office work for the charity and is actively looking for a full-time paid position.
According to Rob it is very difficult for young disabled people to get work experience.
“Daniel has learning difficulties and thanks to the placement provided by Action For Kids he was able to get a real taste of the world of work.”
Action For Kids provides a supportive, accessible environment where students can not only gain valuable experience but also be of real help in the running of the charity.
Rob is hoping to complete the 100km course around London in about six and a half hours. He says: “Nightrider is a really enjoyable way to raise funds for charity and to see London in a way you might not have done before. The rapport between the riders is great and makes this challenge a real pleasure to be part of.”