Jamie from West Lynn gets in the saddle to raise money for National Autistic Society

Jamie Lefever, who is raising money for the National Autistic Society. Picture: Paul Lefever

Jamie Lefever, who is raising money for the National Autistic Society. Picture: Paul Lefever - Credit: Archant

An 11-year-old is riding more than 100 miles to raise money to help families coping with autism.

On Thursday Jamie Lefever from West Lynn will cycle from his local National Autistic Society allotment in the village to the charity's head office in London. He hopes to arrive at around 3pm on Friday, August 25.

He said he had decided to take on this challenging feat as a 'thank you' for the support the charity has provided to a relative with autism.

Jamie's decision to raise money for the charity came after they provided a family member with support and set up activities such as music group, soft play and indoor climbing. Jamie hopes to raise £500 to ensure that other families will benefit from the same support at the National Autistic Society's West Norfolk branch.

'I've been doing quite a lot of training trying to build up to it,' said Jamie, who has been riding since the age of five. 'I've been going out quite a lot with my dad.

'I took up this challenge to say thank you to the wonderful volunteers at the branch for helping my family. I also want to say thank you to Fatbirds Bikes Hunstanton for giving me the biking equipment.' Jamie said he has now reached his £500 target thanks to a £100 donation from his granny and grandad.

Dad Paul Lefever, who'll be accompanying Jamie, said he was confident his son would last the distance.

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'He's just done 80 miles a we ago,' he said. 'We went all around Norfolk, over to Swaffham and all over.

'He's been riding for the last five years, we won't be going at a fast pace.'

Mark Lever, chief executive of the National Autistic Society, said: 'It's fantastic that Jamie is taking on this heroic challenge raising money for our charity. We're so grateful for his gesture and are proud of his efforts in helping to raise awareness of autism. His donation will allow the charity to provide more support to autistic children and adults and their families.

'Autism is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. There are an estimated 700,000 autistic people living in the UK.'

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