Ellis to tackle 100 mile cycle ride for son Haydn

Ellis Jacklin and son Haydn.
Ellis Jacklin and son Haydn.

A SUTTON on Sea man will soon take on a 100 mile cycling challenge from Nottingham to Mablethorpe, inspired by his young son.

Ellis Jacklin along with his brother Lewis, of Birmingham, will cycle the gruelling journey via Skegness over a single day on Saturday, May 12.

Ellis’ one-year-old son Haydn, born in an ambulance in Mablethorpe last February, had a unilateral incomplete cleft lip which was repaired by an operation in August.

Ellis and Lewis hope to raise £500 for national charity CLAPA (Cleft Lip and Palate Association), to thank them for their support.

“It did come as a shock to us that Haydn had a cleft lip but we needed reassurance and support,” said Ellis.

“CLAPA was there to reassure us through their fantastic website and users who share success stories and pictures.”

A spokesman from CLAPA said: “This is a fantastic idea to raise awareness and funds for CLAPA.

“We would like to thank Ellis and Lewis for organising such a unique event and hope it will encourage others to support the charity in any way they can.”

May 12 also marks the first day of national Cleft Awareness Week.

The duo are no strangers to such a challenge after cycling 250 miles from Cleethorpes to Tywyn in Wales over three days last May, raising over £1,000 for the British Lung Foundation in memory of their dad Bob.

Ellis is now looking for others who may want to take part in the bike ride, whether by taking on the whole trip or even just a small part.

Readers can donate to the cause by visiting www.justgiving.com/100milesmile.

Alternatively, donate by texting PEXT84 followed by a space and then £1, £2, £5 or £10 to 70070.

If you would like to take part, contact Ellis by visiting www.facebook.com/100milesmile or www.twitter.com/teamjacklin.