Supporters cycle 100 miles to help the world’s poorest people

Posted on: Friday, 7th July, 2017
Rev Dr Alasdair Coles and Caswell brothers, Harry and Leslie to cycle 100 miles to support CBM's work.

Congratulations and a huge thank you to Rev Dr Alasdair Coles and Harry and Leslie Caswell, for completing the London Prudential 100 on Sunday 30th July, 2017, raising over £4600 (and counting) to transform the lives of people with disabilities in the world’s poorest places.

Harry (33) and Leslie (27) Caswell spent their early life in Nigeria and Niger, West Africa, where their British father, Paul Caswell OBE, set up and ran several CBM projects to help people with disabilities access education, earn a living and be respected in their communities.  After witnessing the life-changing impact of CBM’s work for themselves, they are excited to taking on this new challenge for CBM.  

“We have very fond childhood memories of CBM. When we were in Niger and Nigeria, we were always having people with disabilities in and around our home…My father encouraged them to be independent and had workshops in our patio where people who were visually impaired were taught to weave mats and chairs…The generous donations we received from CBM supporters and the impact they can have on the communities I grew up in was astounding.”

“Although Leslie and I will ride together, we will naturally have some brotherly competition. Leslie has youth on his side and the advantage on the flats and descents, but I’ll have pride on my side and the upper hand on the climbs!”

Rev Dr Alasdair Coles is a consultant neurologist at Addenbrookes hospital, with a particular focus on multiple sclerosis. He is also ordained in the Church of England and works as chaplain to Addenbrookes staff.

He says, “As a boy, I worked in a school for the deaf in Jordan. When I was newly married, my wife and I went Nigeria to work in a mission hospital. And more recently, along with my wife and kids we went to Zambia to volunteer at an orphanage for a few weeks. These experiences I have had as part of my ministry and as a doctor has enabled me to see first-hand the difficulties of those living with disabilities in poorer communities. I am keen to make a difference and what better way to raise funds for CBM UK by participating in the Prudential 100. I’m not a natural cyclist and training has been painful but I am very much looking forward to this experience and to support in whatever way I can.”

The Prudential Ride follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through London and into Surrey’s stunning countryside, featuring many difficult hills and challenging climbs.

Read more about Dr Coles in the Cambridge Evening News.

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