Community rallies round to help Isla

Andy Hemblys and Andy Lawton will take part in a sponsored bike ride to raise money for tot Isla-May.

Andy Hemblys and Andy Lawton will take part in a sponsored bike ride to raise money for tot Isla-May.

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Inspired by a single mother’s plight to fundraise for her poorly little girl, two men are mounting bikes in a 100 mile charity cycle challenge.

Andrew Lawton, 37, of Lee Mount, Halifax, and Andrew Hemblys, 37, of Nursery Lane, Ovenden, Halifax, will cycle more than 100 miles, from Keswick to Halifax, on Sunday, after being touched by Jordanne Bentley’s challenge to raise £7,500 for an airway clearance vest for her 11-month-old daughter Isla Mae - who was born with the life-limiting cystic fibrosis condition which causes her severe pain.

Jordanne Bentley, 9 month old daughter Isla born with cystic fibrosis now fundraising for equipment.

Jordanne Bentley, 9 month old daughter Isla born with cystic fibrosis now fundraising for equipment.

Mr Lawton, who works at Sainsbury’s, Halifax, was inspired to do something to help a local girl when his wife Valda told him about Jordanne’s situation after meeting her at a playgroup.

He asked his friend Andrew, who he has known since childhood, “to come along for the ride and do something good to help a local mother and daughter.”

The mammoth cycle is expected to take around 12 hours and it is hoped the cyclists will finish at Jordanne’s home. The pair hope to raise £500 towards the special vest.

Father-of-one, Mr Lawton, said: “Jordanne’s struggling toraise the cash so we wanted to help. It’s going to be tough but will be worth it when Isla gets the vest she needs to help her pain.”

Halifax Town supporter Mr Hemblys, said: “I’ll do anything to help anyone.”

Jordanne, 25, has raised £5,000 towards the vest, which will ease her daughter’s pain, since beginning fundraising in May.

She said: “The fact I’ve never met these men makes it so special that they’re willing to do this for my daughter and proves there are still great people in the community who are willing to go that extra mile - or 100 - to help.”

To donate see justgiving.com/andrew-andy or text Isla53, £amount, to 70070.