DFS donates to charity bike ride



A Coleshill-based business is donating £300 to a charity that helped their colleague in his hour of need.


In September 2015 David Williams’ new-born daughter Aoife needed urgent medical attention having suffered very acute Meconium Aspiration Syndrome – a condition where waste was ingested into her lungs while still in the womb.


When Aoife was transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for specialist treatment, The Sick Children’s Trust charity stepped in to help both parents.


David and his wife were provided with a bedroom and shared lounge and kitchen in the charity’s 'Chestnut House' accommodation for ten days, which allowed them to be just feet away from their daughter throughout her treatment.


Aoife has now made a complete recovery, and her father is now in the middle of organising a bike ride to raise vital funds for The Sick Children’s Trust.


David with daughter Aoife, his son George and wife Tina.


David with daughter Aoife, son George and wife Tina


The Sick Children’s Trust provides free, high-quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation, as well as emotional and practical support, to families with sick children in hospital in the UK.


David, who is corporate development manager at Diamond Facilities Support (DFS), said: “The accommodation gave me and my wife immense relief and enabled us to spend as much time as possible with Aoife, and be on hand when there was a chance it might be the only time we’d get to spend with her.


“It costs The Sick Children’s Trust £28 to provide accommodation every night and they rely entirely on voluntary income, so as my way of saying thank you and giving something back, I’m aiming to raise £7,500 from our charity bike ride in June.”


The 580 kilometre bike ride is called 24 hours 2 Le Mans, and is challenging cyclists to ride from The Royal London Hospital, East London to the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans in just one day.


All donations made to each rider taking part will go towards helping The Sick Children’s Trust provide accommodation to families with seriously ill children.


Adam Atkins, managing director at DFS, added: “All of us were touched to hear about how David and his family were helped during a difficult period, so we were more than happy to make a donation to what is a great cause.”


To make a donation and get behind the charity bike ride, visit www.justgiving.com/24h2lm