Flintshire workmates’ tough challenge for Evie

Reporter:

Matt Jones

FOUR Airbus workers are using pedal power to tackle the French Alps in aid of brave toddler Evie Davies.

The two-year-old from Buckley needs full time care as she has West Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy which means she could suffer up to 27 potentially fatal seizures a day.

Now Jonathan Reid, Robert Arrowsmith, Glyn Bramwell and Graham Kemp, all workmates of dad David, are taking part in the Marmotte Cyclo Sportive, one of the hardest amateur cycling events in the world.

The foursome will raise money for Hope House Hospice where Evie stays to give parents David and Linda some respite.

Linda, 37, of Westbourne Crescent, said: “The hospice is like a home from home. She is spoilt when she is there. We love the hospice. It allows us to have some respite.

“Evie has had a rough couple of months but she is on the right side of it now. She is much brighter and is starting to focus more, but she won’t ever be able to talk or walk.”

The four friends have spent two years training to get their fitness levels high enough to be able to finish in the event.

Robert, 41, of Penymynydd, said: “It started with the commute to work, three years ago, some of us took part in the cycle to work scheme and then taking an interest in how we could take the enthusiasm for cycling further.

“Last year, out of the 7,000 starters 4,000 finished and it will be a big test of man as well as machine.

“Just to finish is an achievement, because it follows some of the legendary climbs used in the Tour de France.

“We are using this event to obtain sponsors to help Evie.”

Evie has also recently been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Linda said the family, including siblings, Nathan 15, Caitlin, eight, and Harrison, three, have been unable to do any fundraising due to Evie’s recent health problems.

She said: “We are thrilled they are doing it. The four of them deserve all the gratification they will get from this.”

You can donate to the group’s trip, which starts on July 2, at www.justgiving.com/robert-arrowsmith

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