Grant's pedal power will honour Niamh

By Laura Payne 05/04 Updated: 12/04 09:45

Grant Vasey is raising money in memory of his cousin Niamh. (s)

A FIRST time fundraiser is preparing to pedal hundreds of miles in memory of his cousin who died from Leukaemia.

Grant Vasey will be covering around 100 miles a day as he cycles from John O'Groats to Land's End in memory of borough girl Niamh Ashleigh Riley who died last year.

Grant, from Solihull, said: "Niamh was an extremely beautiful, intelligent and compassionate young girl who loved to be outdoors committing herself to challenging sporting activities, often with her big brother Lee.

"With her loving personality Niamh created a large group of friends and loved taking care of the family Greyhound Sophie."

Grant is raising money for charity Be Child Cancer Aware to support their Bead of Courage programme.

The aim is to give children beads to allow them to tell their stories through them as different colours represent certain milestones such as blood transfusions or hospital stays.

And Grant will be carrying Niamh's Beads on his journey and when he has completed it he will give the beads to children and teenagers undergoing serious treatment to help them through the difficult times.

He said: "Their beads build up over time into a unique record of what they have been through.

"Some days are really tough for these kids. However, the beads are used for encouragement and help the child say to everyone 'that was tough but i did it.'"

To help his fundraising efforts a Niamh's Beads exclusive event is being held in support of Be Child Cancer Aware at Après in Summer Road in Birmingham on Saturday, April 28.

There will be three DJs and a silent auction and entry on the door costs £10 with all proceeds going to charity.

Grant is busy preparing for his cycling challenge which he is due to begin on June 24 and he is documenting every turn of the wheel online at http://niamhsbeads.wordpress.com

Visit www.justgiving.com/Niamhsbeads to donate.

Grant Vasey is preparing to cycle from John O'Groats to Land's End. (s)

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