A CAR dealer is swapping four wheels for two as she prepares to battle the elements in a charity cycle.
Natasha Smith, used car sales controller at Eden Fareham, will take on the 155-mile biking challenge on Friday, June 19 to Saturday, June 20. It will see her cycle from Gosport to Newhaven in East Sussex and back, with her mother joining her at the saddle.
The ride is one of many events that will be happening this year in aid of the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation.
The foundation was started by Dave and Lorraine Waterman from Gosport shortly before their six-year old son Oakley died of a rare form of cancer in 2005.
It was while staying in a caravan park near Chichester that Oakley announced his wish to offer children with similar life-threatening diseases a holiday as a break from being in hospital.
Since then, his parents have worked to fulfil their son’s wish, and with the help of friends, purchased a caravan in 2005.
In 2007 a second was placed at another site overlooking the sea at Devon Cliffs near Exeter.
Natasha said: ‘The foundation is a great cause to raise funds for as it enables poorly children and their parents to take a break from the hardship of hospital stays.
‘It gives me a warm glow to think I’m doing my part with this cycle challenge and it’s lovely to have the support from friends and colleagues at Eden Fareham – there are so many kind-hearted people out there.
‘Little Oakley would be so proud of everybody who is cheering us on.’
To keep Oakley’s legacy going, the foundation needs to continually raise funds to keep the caravans and pay for their upkeep.
Further information about the The Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation can be found by visiting the website which at theoakleywatermancaravanfoundation.org