Sisters gearing up to do their bit supporting refugee children - The Leamington Observer

Sisters gearing up to do their bit supporting refugee children

Leamington Editorial 3rd Jun, 2017   0

SISTERS are jumping in the saddle to help protect refugee children.

Young Martha and Mila Haste from Warwick were both horrified at the news coverage of children fleeing their war torn homelands.

And determined to do something to help, Martha, six, and Mila, 11, together with mum and dad Lynne and Stuart, are have pledged to cycle 25 miles to raise money for charities Safe Passage and international campaign No More Walking Just Cycling, which aims to support those seeking safety and a new life.

A family friend volunteering with refugee camps in Greece was the source of inspiration for the family, as well as heartbreaking media coverage of families and children risking their lives on dangerous sea journeys.

Lynne revealed it was her youngest daughter Martha who first came up with the idea.

She said: “The girls were very aware of the situations those families were in and the idea of a child being so completely alone was frightening and something they just simply couldn’t get their heads around.”

“We have all been heartbroken with reports of the terrible situation refugee minors endure. None of us can begin to imagine how those children survive and what effect it will have on them for the rest of their lives.”

The sponsored cycle will take place in Derbyshire on June 18, and while Lynne admitted the family were novice cyclists, they were all looking forward to it.

She told The Observer: “As the girls have never cycled anything like this before so its been a real challenge and personal commitment for us all.

“Cycling together as a family whilst in training has been a real gift and pleasure. We have all had our training days that have felt tougher than others and its each other that gets us through it. The girls continue to persevere even though they are even too tired to eat at times.”

Visit to sponsor the Haste family and follow their journey.

* CYCLISTS are being rallied to sign up for a charity ride and receive a free biking top.

Myton Hospice’s Cycle Challenge is set to take place on Sunday August 6.

But those who sign up by Friday June 16 and pledge to raise £100 will receive a free cycling jersey, which is designed to celebrate the hospice in its 35th year.

Supporters also have the option of paying £30 to buy one of the tops.

Visit to find out more.

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