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100 Miles Across; 13,000ft Down for Jay
£1,205 raised
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Ended Jan 26, 2015
This is my nephew Jay, and the picture shows 'the best day of his life' according to him.  This was the day he got to ride a bike properly for the first time.  Jay is the happiest, cheekiest 10 year old you could hope to find and he is our inspiration More ...
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The picture above is my nephew Jay on 'the best day of his life' according to him.  This was the day he got to ride a bike for the first time.  Jay is the happiest, cheekiest 10 year old you could hope to find and he is our inspiration.  When Jay was born he stopped breathing, doctors insisted that if he even survived he would never have any quality of life. Jay however thought differently! He fought through and has never let the fact the fact he has cerebral palsy and epilepsy rule his life, he is intelligent, funny, caring and can talk for England!  There is nothing he won't try, but getting around is difficult for him.  He cannot walk for more than a few minutes and as his muscle strength and balance are compromised traditional bikes/scooters are not an option. Riding would tho be a great way to help strengthen his muscles and would give him independence so his mum and dad looked into getting a specially adapted bike.  He absolutely adored riding it as you can see in the photo and he finally felt he could move freely.  HIs needs mean the bike has to be customised specifically for Jay, it is also adjustable so it will grow with him into adulthood. As you can imagine such bespoke machines are not cheap, the bike is £3,500 and although a wonderful charity called The Family Fund have offered to put £800 towards it the family cannot afford the rest on their own.  So on 7th & 8th November Jay's dad, his uncle Joe along with their fantastic friends Ollie, Del and Steve will be undertaking a 100 mile cycle from Harlow where he lives to Beccles, where on November 9th Joe, myself, Steve and Jay's cousin Sunny will be taking on a sky dive in the hope that we can raise some of the £2,700 that is needed to make riding that bike a reality for Jay.  This will be a big challenge for us all, most of us haven't cycled since we were in school and have certainly never jumped from a plane, but Jay pushes his limits every day just to get himself through that day so we feel it is the least we can do.  We know that this is a huge amount of money to aim for but we have already had so much support from friends and family that we are sure it is possible to achieve it, every little bit you can help will mean so much, even if you cannot donate but can come along to cheerlead or share the link with your friends you will be pushing us towards our goal.  Any extra funds we make from the ride and skydive will be given to The Family Fund (the charity donating towards Jay's bike) who help families all over the country that have children with special needs.  Thank you all for reading this far, please don't forget to share if you can.

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