100 Mile Smile
[27 Feb 2012]
Ellis Jacklin’s son Haydn was born in February 2011 with a unilateral incomplete cleft lip. This year, to raise money for CLAPA, Ellis decided to do a bike ride from Nottingham Hospital where Haydn had his lip repair surgery in August, to Mablethorpe where he was born. In fact, Haydn was born on the side of the road in an Ambulance Responder van, so those taking part in the ride will be able to cycle past the exact location.
The trip is around 100 miles, and so the name ‘100 Mile Smile’ came about, with the event launching on 8th February to coincide with Haydn’s first birthday.
The ride itself will be on 12th May during Cleft Lip and Palate Awareness Week.
The team’s fundraising efforts have been given a boost recently with a very generous anonymous donor giving £250 plus gift aid on their Just Giving page, which is half of their £500 target!
Twelve volunteers have already come forward to cycle the 100 miles with him, and if anyone in the local area would like to be involved with the bike ride, get in touch with Ellis to join the team.
100 Mile Smile has also been getting the attention of the local press, including the Mablethorpe Leader and the East Coast Target.
We wish Ellis and the rest of the team the very best of luck for their fundraising and for their cycle ride. If you have an idea for an event during Awareness Week, get in touch and let us know how we can help!
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