Cycle challenge for Laila charity

Steve and Maya McCormack. In training for a 500 miles bike ride to raise funds for the Laila Milly Foundation.'p8175a212
Steve and Maya McCormack. In training for a 500 miles bike ride to raise funds for the Laila Milly Foundation.'p8175a212

DEDICATED fundraisers Steven and Maya McCormack will cycle more 500 miles to raise cash for their charity to help seriously ill children.

The Ackworth couple launched the Laila Milly Foundation – named after their daughter who died a day before her first birthday last March after suffering from the rare genetic condition Aicardi Syndrome – and set about making plans to open a specialist nursery for children with serious and complex illnesses.

The nursery is due to open in the next six months, but more cash is needed to kit out the building and the dedicated couple will cycle through the Scottish islands to pedal up funds for the cause.

The couple set off on Wednesday April 25 from the Isle of Arran, in Argyll, to the Isle of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides.

Mrs McCormack, of Hayfield Way, said: “It is going to be a tough challenge but we are really looking forward to it and hope the money we raise will benefit lots of children who will come to use our nursery.

“We have managed to achieve so much in such a short space of time and it is all down to the amount of fundraising that Five Towns’ residents have done for the foundation.

“We are overwhelmed with the support we have received but we are hoping we can get some more sponsorship for this event.”

The bikes for the trip have been donated by David Stainthorpe of Cyclesense in Tadcaster and money raised will go towards installing a disability lift and sensory room in the nursery in Kirkby Road, Hemsworth.

Visit www.everyclick.com/millysmiles to sponsor the couple or go to www.lailamillyfoundation.org.uk to donate on the charity’s website.