Laleham Gap dads to take on Ride London 100-mile cycle route to raise funds for the school

Shane (left) and Richard preparing for Ride London

Two dads with children at Laleham Gap in Ramsgate are taking on a 100-mile bike ride  to raise funds for the school.

Richard Holden, from Ramsgate, and Shane Elmer, from Deal, will take on Ride London on May 28, cycling 100 miles on a route from London to Essex and back.

For dad-of-two Richard it is his second time raising cash for Laleham Gap.

The 39-year-old said: “I ran the London Marathon a couple of years ago and the money I raised was used to buy headphones for their silent discos where the kids get to choose their own songs. So, they buy the sort of things that are very different to what a mainstream school might buy.

“With both kids (Richard’s daughter and Shane’s son) you can really see what the school has done for them, the teachers just go above and beyond.”

The challenge of cycling is a new one for both dads who only started the activity last September.

Richard said: “We are both doing about 50 miles when we meet in Sandwich and then go off and we’ll increase that when it gets a bit warmer,

“We decided to do the London ride to give us something to work towards and raise some money for a good cause in the process,”

The pair  have also got sponsorship from Macavis Building Supplies and East Kent Recycling who have funded their shirts and will be making donations.

Laleham Gap is a specialist school for children with Autism, speech, language and communication needs. It has a thriving Primary, Secondary and Post 16 community.

Find Richard and Shane’s Ride London fundraising page here