Chiswick bobby gets on his bike
Kevan Ward takes on 2,200 ride for children's charity
Chiswick based police officer Kevan Ward (pictured right) is exchanging his uniform for cycle gear as he prepares for a challenge quite different to what he normally faces on the beat.
Along with Met colleague Charles Stanbury, he will embark on a cycle challenge covering 2,200 miles (3,540 kilometres) across eight states in the US to raise funds for Starlight Children's Foundation.
Kevan watched all but one of his family members succumb to a terminal illness and recently discovered that his brother-in-law is in the final stages of cancer.
He said, "I look at this ride as an opportunity to make a difference, push my personal limits and, most of all to make a dream come true for those less fortunate than myself. Friends recommended Starlight Children's Foundation to me, and on closer inspection it became clear that they make a huge difference to many people - a worthwhile cause."
The charity grants wishes and provides hospital entertainment for 250,000 children every year. All of Starlight's activities are aimed at distracting children from the fear, pain and isolation they can often feel as a result of their illness.
Starlight was founded seventeen years ago and in its first year helped just four children. Starlight now helps over 250,000 children throughout the country every year and this number continues to grow.
The Miles4Smiles Challenge needs the support and sponsorship of companies and individuals alike. Starlight Children's Foundation does not receive government or lottery funding and relies entirely on people like you.
September 24, 2004