Andy Williams has clocked up an incredible 121 miles on his bike in one day for the Cedar Foundation’s ‘Inreach’ service.   Travelling from Cushendall to Newcastle Co Down in the sweltering heat.  He said “I’ve always loved cycling and last year I rode coast-to-coast in England for NI Children's Hospice". Andy explained his motivation for his cycling feat this year.

“I think what motivated me was knowing what these families and young people mean to my partner Kirsty who works for Cedar’s Inreach service. It is not so much a job for her, but more a vocation as she supports families with disabled children to live a more normal life through the respite a short break provides”.

He added “In life we take so many things for granted such as showering, shopping, cleaning, free time. The families that the Cedar Foundation supports, have to plan, and hope for a helping hand. The respite the service gives helps the parents to do these things. The one-to-one time these wonderful children receive is also so important.  This year Kirsty suggested I ride for Cedar".

"I can tell you I am walking 10 feet tall at the minute and will most definitely ride for Cedar again next year”.

Carrieanne Rainey, Service Manager for Short Breaks at the Cedar Foundation commented:

“We are so grateful to Andy for choosing our service and we are delighted that he has achieved his cycling challenge and is already planning ahead for his next year’s cycle for ‘Inreach’  He can be rest assured that he is making a vital difference to the highly demanded services we provide“

Inreach is a flexible short break service for families of children aged 0-18 years
living within the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, with complex physical and
health care needs. Cedar delivers the service in the family home or community
in partnership with a range of Health and Social Care professionals including
the Community Children’s Nursing (CCN) Team and Social Workers. The service
provides parents and carers with a valuable and regular break from caring
whilst engaging children and young people in a range of sensory play.
The aims of the Inreach Service are to:
• Provide social and emotional support for children and young people with
complex physical and healthcare needs to enjoy themselves and fulfil their
• Enhance the abilities of carers/parents to care effectively.
• Enable families with disabled children to live an ordinary life.