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Covering the miles for Max

Covering the miles for Max Covering the miles for Max
Updated: 10:24 am, May 07, 2015

THE LOVED ones of a little boy whose life was saved by volunteer bikers will be cycling 100 miles to say thank you.

Veronica and Steve Haines, along with ten others, are set to cross all of the counties the Severn Freewheelers cover as part of their charity bike ride tomorrow (Saturday).

Their son Maxwell, now nearly two, was born needing an exchange blood transfusion but none was available locally so a volunteer from the Freewheelers travelled 80 miles from Filton Blood Bank in Bristol to Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital to save his life.

Last year, the group recreated the route the biker took but this year they will add on an extra 20 miles – going from Chippenham to Astwood Bank through Bristol, Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Upton.

Mom Veronica said: “Maxwell was given a pretty bleak prognosis, we were told that if he survived he would be paraplegic and feeding through a tube, the dreams we had for our baby were scuppered.

“This year 2014 is totally our year – Maxwell is not only feeding himself and babbling away, but he is walking, kicking a ball and getting a steady hand with the cricket bat.

“So to mark Maxwell’s amazing achievements we decided to push ourselves and cycle a tad further.”

While they cycle, supporters at Astwood Bank Cricket Club will be entertained with live music, a bouncy castle, face painting, a raffle and a barbecue.

For raffle tickets call Veronica on 07941 466768 or visit to donate.