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'I'm cycling 1,000km to help disabled godson'
AN amateur cyclist from Weymouth is hoping to cycle more than 1,000km home to raise money for his disabled godson.
Jason Hall, who spends six months a year working at Saint Foye in the French Alps, will cycle 1,094km back home to Weymouth in a fundraising drive for his godson, Mitchel Harvey.
Mitchel, a 14-year-old pupil at Wyvern School, was born 13 weeks premature and suffered a grade four brain haemorrhage at birth.
This resulted in the development of hydrocephalus which is a build-up of fluid on the brain, cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
He has no use of his right arm and is unable to walk, using a powered wheelchair to get around. Mr Hall said: “Mitchel has gone through a lot and will continue to go through an awful lot as he gets older.
“He is my inspiration. He is one of the nicest human beings I have ever met.
“He is such a good kid, he’s a great laugh, very gentle and very kind.”
Mr Hall, who will complete the mammoth distance with former Team GB triathlete Oli Jenner, has set his sights on raising £10,000.
He will leave the Alps on April 25 and hopes to average 120km every day, meaning he should complete the task on May 3.
A welcome party has been arranged at the Globe Inn.
He will also take a Go-Pro camera to record the mission, and Mr Hall, who is now in intense training, admitted the ride is a daunting prospect.
He added: “Anyone who knows me will know physical exercise is not my thing, and the last time I rode a bike in earnest was when I was 14, so it will be very tough.”
In 2002, Mitchel’s parents, Martin and Tina set up the Mitchel Harvey Development Fund to raise money for medical treatment and all the money raised from the event will be donated to the fund.
Mrs Harvey said: “We were very surprised when Jason first mentioned it, it’s a very big distance, especially for him.
“We’re all really close and we are amazed by it. When we told Mitchel that Uncle Jason would be doing this, he just laughed. We can’t thank him enough.”
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