Men help make children’s wishes come true after charity bike ride

Colin Brown, Kris Chappelow, Joshua Sumner and Matthew Hale after finishing their journey.

Colin Brown, Kris Chappelow, Joshua Sumner and Matthew Hale after finishing their journey.

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FOUR local men have helped to make wishes come true for seriously ill children after they raised hundreds of pounds on a charity bike ride.

The men, Joshua Sumner, Colin Brown, Kris Chappelow and Matthew Hale, were determined to do something special this Christmas for a deserving cause.

And they set off on a 50-mile route from Hull to Skegness on December 27 to raise vital funds for the Wish Upon a Star children’s charity.

It was the first of these events for three of the four men who took part in the charity bike ride, but festive spirit got the better of them.

“With it being Christmas, it seemed a brilliant time to do something for a children’s charity,” Joshua explained.

“And this was a great charity to do it for.”

Despite the freezing temperatures of a cold December day, they managed to reach their destination at Harvey’s Bar, in Grand Parade, Skegness in the astonishingly short time of six hours.

Their success did not go unnoticed, as on arrival they received an extremely warm welcome from some delighted local residents.

Started in 1990, the Wish Upon a Star charity works to grant wishes for children with life threatening illnesses.

For some this means getting to meet their favourite pop star or sporting hero, while for others it is as simple as a book or a toy.

Thanks to fundraising events such as this, the charity has been able to grant over 14,500 wishes for the children and their families as they believe that: “the whole family is impacted by a child’s illness so the whole family should be involved in the wish.”

Whatever the wish, wherever possible, they aim to: “make that wish a reality.”

Between them, Joshua, Colin, Kris and Matthew’s efforts raised over £600 for Wish Upon a Star - meaning a few more dreams will become a reality.