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Just a cycle in the park

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Sporty people are used to getting their pulses racing, some push their heart rate as high as it will go. But for Steve O’Sullivan, his heart rate will be staying firmly under 112 beats per minute, despite cycling nearly 1,000 miles for charity.

Two years ago, Steve had a major heart attack which damaged his heart. Due to this, he must now not exceed 112 beats per minute, but, as Steve says, this has not stopped him being sporty. In fact, this year he raised £800 for charity by completing the BHF London to Brighton bike ride.

Soon, London to Brighton will seem like a ‘cycle’ in the park for Steve who plans to ride from John O’Groats to Lands End on 2 August next year. He will be cycling in aid of two charities, Joining Jack, which raises money for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Coppafeel, whose aim is to raise awareness of breast cancer in the 18-25 age group.

To show your support to Steve and help him smash his fundraising target you can donate here.

 

Biking blind

Fifty five year old Chris Mairs with his friend Guy Simpson are riding their tandem 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats this summer. They plan to complete the route in a tough 10 days, commencing on 23 August 2012. Chris is blind having lost his sight as a result of a rare degenerative eye condition.

They hope to raise £100,000 for Fight for Sight – the UK charity that funds pioneering research to prevent sight loss and treat eye disease.  All funds raised will be used for research including supporting a Fulbright – Fight for Sight Scholarship for a UK researcher to work with one of the world’s most eminent researchers into gene therapy for eye disease at the University of Florida.

Chris, a technologist and entrepreneur in the computer industry, is determined to raise funds for pioneering research to help prevent people losing their sight from a variety of degenerative diseases, including the most common form of sight loss in the UK – age-related macular degeneration.

Guy is a personal fitness trainer.  His grandfather developed glaucoma in later life and this has prompted him to support Fight for Sight.  He has already run several London marathons on behalf of the charity.

As Chris says: “From personal experience I know that blindness is a socially isolating, debilitating and frankly sometimes downright frightening condition. I have been very fortunate to have a demanding job and active social life, but those who lose their sight in later life will often not be so lucky.

“Our punishing schedule of 100 miles per day will be a real test. I’m more worried by my ageing frame with two artificial hips and many years of misuse and abuse than I am by my blindness. Guy is 10 years my junior and with his day job as a personal fitness trainer he’s been ideally placed to pull us through our demanding training plan over the past 6 months.”

For more information about Chris and Guy’s ride check out www.keepyoureyesopen.org.uk

Friendship Inspires Moped End to End Challenge

End to End Moped Challenge

On 24 June, six friends mounted 50cc mopeds to race from one end of the country to the other, to raise money for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability which cares for their close friend Danny McMorrow who suffers from menincoccal septicaemia.

Beginning their challenge in John O Groats at the far end of Scotland and finishing in Land’s End four days later, Michael Barnwell, Joe Lynch, Matthew Cooksey, Paul Fullick, David Clarke and Brendan Attril’s route avoided all motorways, with their 50cc mopeds only allowing them to reach top speeds of 32mph.

Danny who has been hospitalised for just over 6 months in total and has extensive damage to his nerve endings and muscles, is slowly learning to use his voice and body again with the help of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability charity.

One of the UK’s leading centres for the rehabilitation and care of adults with profound disabilities resulting from brain injury or neurological illness. The independent medical charity is not funded by the NHS and must raise over £2 million each year to continue their unique work, and provide care and rehabilitation for over 240 patients.

If you would like to support the men in their fundraising challenge, please go to:
virginmoneygiving.com/mopedendtoend


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