10:47 Wednesday 20 November 2013

Luke, 11, can enjoy bike rides thanks to local cycling club

Written byJORDAN DAY

Luke Salvador pictured with his new tandem and Octagon Cycling Club members outside Ely Cathedral. Luke Salvador pictured with his new tandem and Octagon Cycling Club members outside Ely Cathedral.

A schoolboy with an eye condition is now able to join his family on bike rides thanks to generous cyclists.

A group of 15 cyclists from the Octagon Cycling Club, based in Ely, made it their mission this year to raise enough money to buy Luke Salvador, 11, a new tandem.

Luke is the nephew of Simon Pedley, a member of the cycling group, who was born with Nystagmus.

Nystagmus is a condition that causes involuntary eye movement and makes it difficult to focus on objects or recognise people more than a few metres away.

Simon and the other members wanted to give Luke, from Swaffham, Norfolk, the same opportunity as other children his age to ride a bike so set about raising enough money to buy him a tandem.

In October, they cycled 100 miles from Ely to Swaffham and back to raise funds and thanks to Soham Cycles, who agreed to provide a tandem at a specially discounted rate, they were able to buy him one.

Luke was presented with his tandem outside Ely Cathedral.

Robin Jones, founder of the Octagon Cycling Club, said: “It was a real pleasure to be able to present Luke with his new tandem.

“We all take for granted the fact that we can freely hop on our bikes and explore the local countryside. Now Luke can join his family on their cycle rides.”

Simon, of Dovehouse Close, Ely, said: “When I heard that Luke wanted to learn to ride with his little brother I came up with the idea of helping him buy a tandem.

“The Octagon Cycling Club quickly agreed to the challenge so that Luke will be able to cycle with his mum on the tandem along with his brother and other members of his family - something he could not do previously.”

The club raised more than £1,000 in total - more than enough to cover the cost of the tandem - so Luke’s family are having a tow bar fitted to their car so that the bike can be transported around with them.

Any surplus money is being donated to a sight charity chosen by Luke.

Visit www.octagoncycling.co.uk for more information about the group.

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