PACT trustee gets on his bike for vulnerable families

An adoptive dad and charity trustee has completed a 170-mile cycling challenge to raise funds for vulnerable children and families.

Phil Lewis, 59, of Crowthorne, cycled for three days between the three office locations of Parents And Children Together (PACT) the charity he and his wife adopted their 10-year-old son through and where Phil now volunteers as a trustee.

PACT, which offers outstanding Ofsted-rated adoption services to families across the South East, is one of the leading independent adoption charities in the country. Last year the charity helped transform the lives of 93 children by finding them adoptive families. PACT also run two community projects – Alana House which supports and empowers women – and Bounce Back 4 Kids for families affected by domestic abuse.

Phil started his challenge from the charity’s head office in Reading on Monday 10th June and cycled to its office in Brighton. On Tuesday 11th June he rode from Brighton to PACT’s office in Pimlico, London. Then on Wednesday 12th June he cycled from London back to Reading.

Phil said: “PACT does fantastic work in supporting vulnerable children and women in the community as well as creating families through its adoption services.

“PACT needs our support so it can continue to provide these essential services in bringing parents and children together.

“I decided to raise money to support the team at PACT by cycling between its offices in Reading, Brighton and London, approximately 170 miles in the end.

“Day 1 was interesting during the amber weather warning and pouring rain last Monday! Despite the weather, the huge hills in and out of Brighton and the London traffic, I had just two falls and two punctures, not bad for me!”

PACT’s Chief Executive Jan Fishwick OBE said: “We are all so proud of Phil for taking on such a tough challenge, in dreadful weather conditions and doing it all with a smile on his face.

“We are all inspired by Phil’s efforts, and we would urge anyone else who would like to take on a fundraising challenge to benefit vulnerable families to contact us.”

Phil is aiming to raise £1,000 from his challenge. Supporters are welcome to visit his fundraising page at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PhilipLewis9