Andy Wilson, a franchise owner with The Alternative Board (TAB) since April 2011, likes to make sure that he is involved in his Andy Wilson - charity bike ride2local community as much as possible. Not only does he run his own rock music schools for children in the area, he has also recently completed an impressive, self-organised charity bike ride.

The bike ride saw a group of 11 cycle 330 miles from Paris to Lyon over three and a half days and was undertaken in order to raise money for their chosen charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). The charity is close to Andy’s heart as the child of a close friend died at the age of 14 from a heart condition that had not been diagnosed. In the following year Andy and a group of friends decided to host an event in order to support the child’s family and give them something positive to focus on. With a large network of board members, Andy certainly wasn’t short of support!

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CRY works to reduce the frequency of sudden cardiac death in the young and supports young people who have been diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement and support to families affected by Young Sudden Cardiac Death (YSCD).

The bike ride is now in its second year and is getting bigger! This year’s raised enough money (£4,000) for a specialist scanner that can be used to detect heart problems in young people. The group specifically asked for the scanners to be used for children in order to identify those with cardiac risks.

Combined with the first event, the group have now managed to raise a whopping £10,000 for the charity and they don’t intend to stop there! Next year, the group are planning to cycle from Lyon to Nice and after that they plan to extend the trip so that eventually their final destination will be Istanbul.

“I made sure that the bike ride didn’t clash with any of my board meetings and it was done over the half term and bank holiday so it minimised the impact on business and clients. My board members have all been extremely supportive and thought that the bike ride was a fantastic idea so I don’t think any of them minded me being away for a couple of days!” explains Andy.

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