The Atlantic to the Med Charity Bike Ride
This week, our Managing Director, Phil Wilkinson will be embarking one one of the toughest challenges of his life. Alongside a team of people in association with Auto Trader UK, Phil will be attempting to ride 315 miles in three days. A route stretching from the Atlantic coast on the North West of France down through the middle of the country finishing up on the Mediterranean Coast in the South.
Why is he doing this mad challenge you may be asking?
It's simple really, the team are trying to raise enough money to send a little boy called Liam for a life changing operation, read what Liam himself has to say below.
"My name is Liam from Bristol. I was born on 8th September 2005 weighing 5lb 5 ounces.
My mummy noticed that I wasn't moving in her tummy anymore. So she went to the hospital and they noticed i wasn't breathing properly. They rushed my mummy into theatre for an Emergency C-section at 38 weeks. For the first 3 weeks of my life I was in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at Southmead Bristol.
Just before my 1st Birthday I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy due to my delayed progression of my mobility.
Due to this I have always struggled with basic skills such as sitting, crawling and especially standing and walking. I am 7 now and i still struggle. My main way to get around is to crawl but mostly i bunny hop if my mummy isn't watching because this is a faster way for me.
When I was 4, I was given a Kaye walker which has helped me have some independence however I tire easily and I am not expected to ever walk without it.
I am hoping that Mummy and Daddy will be able to raise enough money for me to have the life changing operation SDR (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy) so that I can play like all the other children."
Liam is such a happy boy and always brings a smile to people's faces. Anyone who has met him knows how much of a personality he has. He has inspired people so much with his positive attitude and how much hard work he puts into his daily routine of exercise and stretching. We would love to make it possible with this operation that he could take his first unaided steps.
Liam's family are hoping to raise enough money to cover the costs of the operation and the intensive physiotherapy that will be needed afterwards.
You can donate at www.justgiving.com/duncan-josey. Donate now & help us raise £7,000 to make Liam's dreams come true