In September, our Head of Practice Stephen Ashbee braced a 4am start, a battle with a spider, and a WiFi issue to tackle a gruelling 200-mile Peloton ride to raise money for Child Autism UK.
Stephen set himself the target of raising £1,500 for Child Autism UK. This follows his 2020 150-mile charity ride which saw him raise £1,269 for Action for Children.
His 2021 charity ride, the “Peloton Punisher: The Next Level” took him 14 hours to complete the 200-mile cycle and raised a whopping £2,112 for Child Autism UK!
Child Autism UK is a charity close to Stephen’s heart and is a charity that means so much to his family. He explains that “When my nephew George was 2, we were made aware that he might have autism. For the next 3 years my sister went through the long process of taking George to many specialists, and when he was 5, he was officially diagnosed with autism. George is now 8 and is one of the most loving, compassionate, headstrong, friendly boys you’ll ever meet! A lot of people don’t understand autism, and don’t understand the way George behaves; his outbursts when he doesn’t want to do something, or when he gets super excited and animated because he’s just his favourite toy on a shelf.”
“I am trying to raise more awareness of autism, to help people understand autism and how tough it is those individuals who are unable to express their feelings, as well as their parents and carers.”
Child Autism UK support children at a very early age to be able to achieve their full potential, whether this be supporting difficulties with communication, learning or social interaction. They also support families, giving them the tools and training they need to be able to truly support their child with autism.
The whole Maxwell Bond team are so proud of Stephen for raising a huge amount of money for such a worthy cause.