Cyclist Rides the Distance to Iconic Pier To Raise Funds for National Charity

A cycling enthusiast endured an 11-hour bike ride from Worcester to Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier to raise funds for charity.

Louisa Summer, who suffers from Asperger’s, an autism spectrum disorder, set the challenge to raise funds for the National Autistic Society.

She travelled 100-miles over one day, on July 2, and rode in extremely wet conditions from Worcester to Weston-super-Mare’s iconic Grand Pier.

The Grand Pier fully supported Louisa’s challenge and will match her fundraising amount, taking her total to £430.

Louisa Summer being presented a certificate from Pier Director, Michelle Michael
Louisa Summer being presented a certificate from Pier Director, Michelle Michael

Louisa said: “I am proud of my achievement and this is the first time I have ever taken on a charity challenge.

“I’m thrilled the Grand Pier supported me and it is amazing they have agreed to match my fundraising total.”

Now Louisa has completed the epic ride she plans to search for her long lost mum, who is believed to be living in Weston.

Louisa was born under the name Wendy Louisa Hughes and last saw her mum in 1969, when she was six-weeks-old.

She added: “The perfect end to this challenge would be being reunited with my mum, whom I have not seen I was a child.

“I visited Weston-super-Mare and the Grand Pier on many occasions and I have reason to believe Mum came to live here.”

Paul Charalambous, General Manager of the Grand Pier, said “We are delighted that The Grand Pier holds a special place in Louisa’s heart and we felt proud to offer her our support.

“We hope Louisa gained a great sense of achievement and if she is fortunate enough to be reunited with her mother; it will be the icing on the cake.”

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