Heathermount, Devenish Road, Ascot, SL5 9PG

During the second week of November, Phil Glenister from Cisco International Limited and his friend Andy Watson will set off to ride across Death Valley, Eastern California. The pair will be riding across the lowest, driest and hottest area in North America, covering 260 miles, with the highest ascent reaching 5,490 feet. They will be raising money for The Disabilities Trust’s Heathermount School in the process.

Phil said: “Last year I was fortunate enough, through Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program, to participate in volunteering at Heathermount School, Ascot, where, as part of a team, we prepared an area which was to become an outdoor classroom. In doing so, I witnessed close up, the wonderful work The Disabilities Trust does to help children and young people.

Through my own personal experiences with family and friends I've learnt a great deal regarding autism spectrum and how important it is to raise awareness, funds for research, support and services.”

Heathermount school teaches children who are aged 5-19 and have a range of autistic spectrum conditions.

The money raised will be used to buy sports equipment for the school, including four wall mounted basketball hoops and a 13 metre retractable full height sports net. Support Phil and Andy by making a donation via their Virgin Money Giving page.

For further information, contact Helen Tridgell, Head of Marketing and Fundraising on 01444 230123, 07764 261739 helen.tridgell@thedtgroup.org