Wortwell man all set for London to Paris charity challenge
PUBLISHED: 06:00 15 June 2015
A young father left wheelchair-bound by a devastating brain condition is battling back on an epic fundraising challenge.
Simon Kindleysides, from Wortwell, was diagnosed with a brain condition called
functional neurological disorder (FND) in April 2013, which left him with no movement in his legs and numb from the waist down.
While in hospital doctors also found he had a slow growing brain tumour, but he was determined to show people that no matter what happens in life you can still succeed and help others.
The 31-year-old has pledged to raise £3,000 for the charity Brain and Spine Foundation by going from London to the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, on a handbike.
He has raised more than £2,000 already, and this weekend he was in Castle Mall, in Norwich, to drum up more support.
Shoppers paid £2 per attempt to try to complete the most spins possible on Mr Kindleysides’s handbike.
The overall winner was given a voucher for a family of five to visit Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre.
People also left donations in charity buckets.
Mr Kindleysides said that he was heartened by the
reaction from the public, and that his training was going well.
“I’ve never been to Paris and thought it would be all right, but when you start your training you realise how hard it’s going to be,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of hills.
“If someone is able-bodied they can get off and walk, but as my wheelchair won’t be there I’ll have to stay on the handbike.”
He added that he had been loaned a turbo trainer and was completing around 10 miles most nights in his kitchen.
The journey of almost 400 miles will begin on July 15 and take four days.
He said that if he did not maintain a speed of around 14mph then he would be in trouble.
“If I don’t get to Dover in time and I miss the ferry then it’s game over,” he said. “It’s going to be hard.”
Mr Kindleysides lives with his partner, Hannah Young, who is also his full time carer.
Speaking about the
handbike adventure earlier this year, he said: “It’s been a bit of a rough journey but I just want to be able to help other people like myself.
“When you have a condition
and you leave the hospital you sometimes feel like you are on your own.
“But charities like the Brain and Spine Foundation are always at the other end of a phone and you can ring up and speak to nurses about anything.”
To sponsor Mr Kindleysides, see www.justgiving.com/simonFND