Matthew Leyland is cycling in the Prudential Ride London – Surrey on Sunday 30th July. The ride comprises a spectacular 46-mile route on traffic-free roads, beginning at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London travelling through London and finishing in the Mall.
Matthew is fundraising for the Freya foundation, a charity started by the family of a little girl called Freya who has a condition called Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Deficiency (PHD).
He chose this charity as his friends daughter Ellie has the same condition.
Ellie is 5 years old and her brain is lacking the enzyme (pyruvate) which coverts glucose into energy.
This condition affects children differently, but causes symptoms such as muscle weakness, difficulty swallowing, developmental delay, structural brain problems and often early death. The future can't be predicted for these children, but dietary changes and various therapies can help to cope with the symptoms.
One of the problems we face with this condition, is due to such little awareness, it is difficult to get research started as it costs thousands, and hence Matthew is trying to raise funds for them.
Those who have met Ellie know that she is a gorgeous, happy, intelligent little girl who just wants to learn, explore, love and have fun (oh, and watch Peppa Pig!!) and Matthew knows that his family and friends would all help if they could, so he is asking for your help, please help us raise money and awareness by sponsoring me for this event.
Please click here to sponsor Matthew