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Darlington Bus Drivers Raise Funds for Ryan

21 December 19

Throughout December bus drivers across Darlington will be spreading festive cheer while raising vital funds and awareness to support a local cause.

Bus drivers from Arriva North East’s Darlington depot have chosen to wear their Christmas jumpers for the whole of December, each donating £5 from their December wages to Our Fight for Ryan – a family fund set up to help find a cure for a rare and fatal muscle-wasting disease.

Six-year-old Ryan Chidzey was just three when his parents, Claire and Cieran, received the devastating news that he had Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Determined to find a cure in Ryan’s lifetime, the family from Gainford have almost reached their target of a £50,000 donation for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

While the generosity of the Arriva team in Darlington can help the family towards their goal, they are encouraging passengers to get involved by making a donation on board selected Arriva buses driven by Santa and his elves this festive period.

Claire Chidzey, Ryan’s mum and founder of Our Fight For Ryan, said: “When Ryan received his diagnosis we were told that he would be in a wheelchair by age 12, and wouldn’t make it to his twenties. We set up Our Fight For Ryan two years ago to help find a cure and improve the quality of life for every child living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

“The support that we have received from the community across Teesside so far has been amazing, we’ve managed to raise £45.5k and hopefully this donation from Arriva North East will help to reach our goal so that we can focus on spending time with Ryan and making memories.”

The team at Arriva Darlington made the decision to get involved when Ryan’s uncle, who works for Arriva, approached his teammates with the idea. 

Nathan Stanislawski, general manager of Arriva’s Darlington depot, said: “When we were asked whether we would want to take part in some fundraising for Ryan our immediate answer was yes. Working in the local community, we were already aware of Our Fight For Ryan and the amazing work of the Chidzey family.

“We’re hopeful that our customers in Darlington will join us to help raise these vital funds to find a cure in Ryan’s lifetime.”

You can find out more about Our Fight for Ryan, and donate via the Just Giving page, here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/muscular-dystrophy/ourfightforryan