Sheffield mums get on their bikes for 250-mile challenge

Lynn Strafford, Renuka Russell and Deborah Woodhouse who are cycling across Europe to raise money for National Autistic Society
Lynn Strafford, Renuka Russell and Deborah Woodhouse who are cycling across Europe to raise money for National Autistic Society
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Three mums will cycle from London to Brussels to raise £4,000 for the National Autistic Society.

Deborah Woodhouse, Lynn Strafford and Renuka Russell, who all have children with the condition, had no cycling experience until they started training for the 250-mile ride.

The trio have been training together and hope to smash their cash target by the time they set off from London on June 14.

Deborah, who has two children, the youngest of whom has Asperger’s syndrome, is also a co-founder and trustee of two Sheffield charities Asperger’s Children and Carers Together – ACCT – and the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum.

“I want to thank the NAS for the support they have given me and I feel it’s time to give something back,” said Deborah, of Ecclesall.

Lynn, 37, and Renuka, 45, both from Grindleford in Derbyshire, both have sons with autism.

“The National Autistic Society really do an amazing job and it feels good to give back, but we’ll have to dig deep because it won’t be easy,” said Lynn.

“We really want to raise as much money as possible whilst doing something healthy and positive.”

Renuka set up the Derbyshire Autism Society last year where she met Lynn and Deborah.

“We have been out in deep snow and the pouring rain for our training,” said Renuka.

n To sponsor the riders, visit Pedalling for Pennies