A mum and daughter will be cycling along Derbyshire’s trails next month as part of a charity bike ride from Land’s End to Bolton.
Chrissy Mathew and her three-year-old daughter Esme are making the 500-mile journey to raise money to pay for special treatment for the youngster who has autism.
‘Esme’s Journey’ will take more than four weeks to complete and the family hope to raise £25,000 in the process.
Chrissy said: “Esme started to regress into autism around 21-months-old and it has been devastating to witness as a parent.
“We’re doing everything we can to support her and make the world around her somewhere she can learn to explore with confidence.”
The particular kind of therapy the family want for Esme is called Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and is an early intervention technique for children with autism which focuses on giving children the life skills they need.
The family cannot afford to pay for the treatment themselves, but have already raised £3,750 from online and offline donations and a £2,000 grant from Caudwell Children.
Their journey will take them through Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, the New Forest, the Cotswolds, Stratford and Kenilworth before they get to Derbyshire.
In Derbyshire they will ride along the Derby Canal Trail, the Nutbrook Trail, the Tissington Trail and the High Peak Trail before ending their journey through the Peak District on the Monsal Trail between August 13-19.