Helen Carling Peter and Alan are going on a self proclaimed old gimmers bike ride to raise money and awareness for Friedreich's Ataxia (coming up to 76 and 70 respectively). They will be following the Trans Pennine Trail (East) out to Hornsea on the East Coast.

Peter's granddaughter was diagnosed with the devastating condition two years ago at the age of 9. Ataxia, impacts 10k people in the UK (amazingly two of those are in the small village of Hensall).

The main symptoms of Friedreich's Ataxia appear as nerve cells are damaged. This can cause poor balance and co-ordination, difficulty speaking and swallowing, a curved spine, heart problems and reduced sensation in the arms and legs. Izzy already has to use a wheelchair, has to work hard on her speech and has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

There is currently no cure for this condition, but researchers are working hard to find one. If you can share any change to help raise funds into research it would mean the world.

Peter and Alan are stubborn old mules so will only ride "if the wind is right" - that means the date might change ever so slightly. They can't mess their hair up in the rain. We will keep you posted in exact timings. Helen Carling