Little Arlo provides inspiration for charity ride

Erika Endean, left, with Lisa Anderson and little Arlo
Erika Endean, left, with Lisa Anderson and little Arlo

A MUM whose son was diagnosed as severely deaf is training for a 64-mile moonlit charity ride though London to help families affected by the condition.

Erika Endean’s son Arlo, now two, was diagnosed as deaf soon after being born.

Although Arlo is progressing well, Erika has decided to jump on her bike to help national charity the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS).

The charity works to empower families like the Endeans to adapt, make sense of and achieve the best outcome for their deaf child.

Erika 35, of Milnthorpe Road, Eastbourne, and friend Lisa Anderson 39, from Seaford, are taking part in Nightrider London – a 64 mile moonlit cycle through the capital in June.

Mother-of-five Erika said, “In the midst of dealing with and understanding Arlo’s deafness I decided I wanted to do something positive to raise awareness of the fantastic work the National Deaf Children’s Society does.

“In a moment of madness, my friend and I signed up for Nightrider London and despite juggling eight children between us we are now busy training.

“Too many barriers still stand in the way of children diagnosed with deafness which hamper their ability to succeed in society and the work of the NDCS is going a long way to overcome those barriers.

“Pedalling in the dark through London is our way of boosting that excellent work.”

Erika has set herself a fundraising target of £2,000 and has launched an appeal. To donate, visit

The Nightrider cyclists will leave Crystal Palace at 11pm on June 11 and follow a circular route through London taking in some of the capital’s most famous streets and landmarks.