A MOTHER who cycled from London to Paris for a charity which helps her autistic son raised a whopping £13,000.
Liz Davies, who runs the Stardom School of Performing Arts and Casting Agency in Shelf, cycled 290 miles to raise money for the National Autistic Society.
Her challenge was also to highlight the work of the charity which has helped her son Joe, 18, who is autistic.
Liz joined five friends under the name Team Miss Understood and cycled for three days despite having a broken wrist.
“I fell off my bike two weeks prior to the ride and had my wrist x-rayed. I was told it was a bad sprain so I strapped it up and went ahead with the cycle,” she said.
“The wrist didn’t improve so I had it x-rayed again only to discover it is fractured. So I cycled all the way to Paris with a broken wrist.
“Another team member, Sue Carroll, also took a tumble prior to the ride and cycled to Paris recovering from torn shoulder ligaments.”
Mrs Davies and her friends decided to take part in the ride after receiving a flyer from the National Autistic Society.
“Our name came from the fact there are a lot of misunderstandings about autism and we wanted to raise awareness,” said Mrs Davies.
“Until I came into contact I didn’t know anything about it. I thought it was all just like Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man.
“The ride took three days and we had glorious weather all the way, arriving in Paris exhausted but elated.
“We cycled with 23 other cyclists from all over the country who also raised fantastic amounts for the charity.”
The ride coincided with Mrs Davies’ birthday.
“It was a really different birthday present but worth it, she said.
For information about autism go to the National Autistic Society’s website at www.autism.org.uk.