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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 Trustdoes to help children and young people, aged 5-19 who have a range of autistic spectrum conditions.

“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.”

The money raised will be used to purchase sports equipment for the school, including four wall mounted basketball hoops and a 13 metre retractable full height sports net.