Pedal power: Jess Varnish takes on gruelling four-day cycle to fundraise for Manchester autism school

By Danielle Wainwright 

Olympian Jess Varnish took her support of special needs to the Velodrome last week after competing in a sponsored cycle to raise funds for the Autism School of Excellence in Manchester.

The event set up by The Hearts and Mind Challenge, a charity dedicated to families touched by autism, is aiming to raising £1million to help with costs for the school.

This is part of a wider campaign by the charity which will involve Varnish taking part in a sponsored cycle challenge to help the charity reach its target, and is calling on local people to join her on the bike ride.

The star will be setting off from Malaga on May 23, on a four-day challenge that will finish in Gibraltar.

The charity’s patrons, Keith Duffy and Paul Scholes, will be joining Jess for the bike ride.

Varnish said: “The Hearts and Minds Challenge has made huge progress towards reaching its fundraising target.

We now want to rally as many people as possible to join us on the charity ride, and help us fund a new school that will transform the lives of autistic children in Manchester.

Pedalling across Spain might sound like a pleasant ride, but cycling 300 miles in four days is no mean feat.

Everyone taking part will definitely be earning their sponsorship!”

The charity is currently looking for anyone interested in supporting the bike ride.

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