Cycle in memory of Charlie
A group of cyclists travelled over 240 miles from Bristol to Trooperstown to help raise funds for the Charlie Froud Foundation, including his parents David and Heather and his sister Georgia.
The Charlie Froud Foundation was set up in memory of Charlie, a 14-year-old boy from Bristol who died in October 2008 when the light aircraft he was travelling in crashed in the Wicklow Mountains. He was on his way to stay for the half term break in the holiday home of his good friend Ayman and his parents, all of whom perished in the crash.
Each year the foundation organises a number of fundraisers for various charities, including the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team.
The cyclists set off from Bristol on the morning of Thursday, April 24, and arrived at their destination, the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Base in Trooperstown, on the afternoon of Saturday, April 26.
The group consisted of 26 cyclists, with six other volunteers travelling alongside in support vehicles. Heather was among the cyclists, while David and Georgia were part of the support team.
All the riders made it to the ferry point after a punishing cycle which was mostly uphill. While one or two bruises were sustained along the way, all of the cyclists arrived safe and sound in Wexford to continue their journey to Trooperstown along the Wicklow Mountains range.
A delegation from the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team greeted the tired cyclists as they rolled into the rescue base late on the Saturday afternoon.
That following Sunday morning there were emotional scenes as mountain rescue personnel brought David, Heather and Georgia to the scene of the crash. In the past, Charlie's relatives have taken part in the Glen team's Moonlight Challenge. Next year there are plans for a sponsored paddle from the UK to Wicklow.