Joanne’s 1,000 mile bike ride for autism

Joanne Stocks, 16, is gearing up for her sponsered bike ride from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for the National Autistic Society Picture: Andrew Roe
Joanne Stocks, 16, is gearing up for her sponsered bike ride from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for the National Autistic Society Picture: Andrew Roe

A TEENAGER will be cycling the length of Britain in an epic 1,000 mile trek to help relatives who have a lifelong developmental disorder.

Joanne Stocks, 16, is saddling up to complete the gruelling Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride in aid of the National Autistic Society.

Caring Joanne, of Marton Grove, Hatfield, wants to raise at least £3,000 for the charity because her younger brother Jack,

12, has been diagnosed with autism and her mum Sheila, 58, has Asperger’s syndrome.

Joanne, a pupil at Hatfield Visual Arts College, said: “I want to help the association that has helped my family over the years.

“I’m especially excited about cycling across the UK and doing something I believe is right.”

In preparation Joanne has been going to the gym several times a week and going out on her bike to practise so that she can get used to cycling in all weathers.

Joanne will embark on the 12-day challenge in August.

Kind-hearted Joanne is busy organising fundraising events in the run-up to her cycle.

Everybody is invited to support her next fundraiser which is a table top sale on May 8 at Hatfield Woodhouse Village Hall, off Main Street, from 10am until 4pm.

For more information email her at 05joannestocks@hatfield.doncaster.sch.uk