A Lichfield businessman is planning to cycle over 200 miles on one of the UK’s toughest routes in aid of a local disability swimming group.

Anthony Sutton
Anthony Sutton

Anthony Sutton, MD of city-based Cream HR, will be taking on theroute from Bangor to Cardiff in May to raise vital funds for the Staffordshire Paddles Disability Swimming group.

Along with two friends, Anthony will tackle some of the UK’s toughest terrain on road bike over a three-day period.

Paddles was selected as the chosen cause for the challenge by Anthony, who’s 11-year-old daughter Polly is a keen swimmer and has been training with the group for two year in a bid to fulfil her dream of competing at the Paralympics.

Anthony said: “Anna Lavan at Paddles has provided my daughter Polly and hundreds like her with a new-found confidence and freedom that is unique.

“Apart from her phenomenal experience and professional expertise as a coach, it is her utter dedication and love for her work that shines through in everything that she does.

Polly Sutton with swim coach Anna Lavan

“If there was ever someone who never ceases to give and to help others it is Anna – she even accompanies Polly to competitions and galas.

“Thanks to Anna, Polly has become an incredibly strong swimmer and we have real hope that she will fulfil her Paralympic goals – something we never thought possible two years ago.

“Through our cycling challenge, we hope to raise as much as possible to provide Paddles with new equipment for the children as well as raise awareness of the importance of parasport.

“It’s going to be tough – we have chosen one of the most difficult cycling routes in the country to really test ourselves. But training is going well, and we are hopeful we will complete the 220-miles and raise a decent amount to make a difference to Anna and the children she teaches.”

Anna added that the fundraising would give the school a real boost.

“I’m so thrilled that Anthony is undertaking this fundraising bike ride for our disability swim school,” she said.

“I can’t explain how much this will benefit our school by buying changing beds and a pool hoist, so all disabilities can take part in swimming.

“Older pools don’t have the accessibility for our children, so his money will help tremendously.”

To support Anthony and his friends in their cycling challenge, people can donate online.


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