100 miles for Aaron

Posted by / Friday 05 August 2016 /

Mark, one of our Children’s Services Managers in Surrey, rode 100 miles to raise money in honour of Aaron. Aaron lived at Pastens, the service where Mark works, for 10 years. Aaron sadly passed away at the end of March aged just 17 years old.

Supported by Aaron's Mum Jo, and Nan, Rosalind, Mark rode in the 2016 Prudential RideLondon event which took place on July 31st. Together with over 26,000 amateur riders raced from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London over a 100-mile route through the capital and into the Surrey countryside and back into central London to finish on The Mall

"Aaron has taught me that no matter what odds are stacked against you, you keep going, keep fighting and you keep your faith"

Mark, Children's Services Manager

Aaron wasn’t born with his disability, he had an accident with his brother in a playground and suffered brain damage. Our team at Pastens provides care for young people with profound and multiple disabilities, including communication difficulties, sensory impairment, complex health needs and challenging behaviour.

The money that Mark raises will go towards adding to the sensory play equipment at Pastens to enable the children to engage with their environment and build an experience of some simple things that we all take for granted.

Pastens started life as a children’s home in 1909 – during WW2 it was used as a shelter for women and children. Currently, there are residential space for 16 young people and the team also offer short breaks to young people with disabilities.

Mark pays tribute to the team at Pastens he says that they “are creative, dedicated and motivated to make a difference for children who have disabilities”. 

There’s still time to support Mark by donating on his Virgin Money Giving page

A huge thanks to Mark and to all our riders at the 2016 Prudential Ride London event. 

If you’re inspired to join our team of cyclists, we’ll have places for the 2017 event so complete this form and our Ride London team will contact you.  

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