Leeds2London - Danny Mills
Former Manchester City and England soccer star and commentator, Danny Mills, will this year head up the first ever Archie Mills Memorial Challenge - first cycling from Leeds to London and then completing the Virgin Active London Triathlon.
Mills, a dedicated Patron of Shine, the charity which supports more than 10,000 babies, children and adults living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, lost a baby son, Archie, to spina bifida 10 years ago. This year Mills and Shine are launching the first Archie Mills Memorial Challenge in memory of Archie.
Mills is looking for a national team of 20 people to rise to the challenge and take part with him in the Virgin Active London Triathlon leg of the challenge, promising fun, support and an opportunity to really make a difference to the charity's beneficiaries.
"This is a great opportunity to fundraise for a Shine which works tirelessly to ensure all necessary support for anyone connected to spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus – it would be great if people could come and join me.
"There are parents who need help when they experience the trauma of discovering that their baby has spina bifida or hydrocephalus after an ultrasound scan; families that require hours of support through long periods in clinics and hospitals, those that need specific answers to tough questions and there are individuals that could not cope on a day to day level without the assistance offered by Shine."
As well as helping individuals and families now and in the future by competing in such events, Mills believes such activity can be therapeutic:
"I think that a lot of people like me who have been through tragedy and trauma want to share their experiences and they want to help other people. Also, with exercise and running, it gives you a fantastic time to think and reflect, its also amazing to be able to give something back!
"Triathlons, with their exciting pace and different disciplines take us through a range of transitions. By taking part we are not only raising important funds, we are also identifying with the challenging transitions faced by everyone in the Shine community.
* Anyone wishing to Fundraise should visit: http://www.justgiving.com/ArchieMills or through JustTextGiving send ARCH90 followed by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 to 70070