Pedal power to raise funds for Superstar Soccer Community Group

An amateur cyclist did not let heavy rain deter him from putting his fundraising idea into gear.

Friday, 23rd August 2019, 11:14 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th September 2019, 17:00 pm
Jon Naylor and supporters pictured before he started his ride.

Jon Naylor completed a 100-mile solo bike ride in aid of Superstar Soccer Community Group, a not-for-profit association that holds relaxed football sessions for children with additional needs and disabilities at The Football Factory in Bedlington.

They take place every Wednesday evening - members are between the ages of four and 17.

Jon started and finished his ride at The Bank Top pub. He recently handed over a cheque for £730.

The group was formed by Marcia Forster and Garry Robertson. Their son Lewis, 12, has autism and ADHD, and his passion is football.

With very few suitable places for Lewis to be able to play a game of football with others similar to him, this meant he and others who may be in a similar situation could enjoy playing football in a safe and nurturing environment.

Marcia said: "Despite offers to postpone because of the torrential rain in the area, Jon was committed to carry on. His wife, Jay, relentlessly knocked on doors in her local area, collecting sponsors. The Bank Top also got sponsors and Garry collected a large amount of sponsors from his friends and work colleagues at Greggs Balliol, as well as some of the committee from our group.

"Given the nature of our group, anyone who would like their children to come along to our sessions can get in touch with us via our Facebook page."