Eric’s pedal power for centre

Eric Swanson on the bike he will ride to raise funds for Exmoor Grove
Eric Swanson on the bike he will ride to raise funds for Exmoor Grove

A CARING youngster is preparing to show some pedal power to raise money for a children’s centre.

Eric Swanson, who has Down’s Syndrome, has volunteered to do a sponsored cycle in aid of Exmoor Grove children’s centre in Hartlepool which cares for disabled youngsters.

The 15-year-old will ride his specially built chopper from his home in Hindpool Close, Hartlepool, to the town square outside The Borough Hall on the Headland.

So far, Eric has raised more than £100 in sponsorship.

Eric’s mum, Mary Swanson, said: “It was Eric’s idea to do the ride for Exmoor Grove, he is always out on his bike.

“He is doing it to get some money to take the children on day trips and things like that.

“He’s raised over £100 so far, he’s done really well.”

Exmoor Grove, in the Throston area, provides short break care for youngsters with disabilities between the ages of five and 18.

It reopened in February after a major refurbishment which saw it decorated from top to bottom and get new equipment.

The garden also got new equipment and the number of bedrooms was reduced from eight to six with the addition of a new quiet room.

Eric uses the centre on alternative weekends.

His family are also planning to hold a charity night for the centre at the Richardson Westgarth Social Club, Winterbottom Avenue, Hartlepool, in October but a date is still to be fixed.

Eric will complete the sponsored cycle on Sunday morning.

Anyone who wants to sponsor him can contact Mary Swanson on 07505 178 196.