A HOCKLEY HEATH cyclist inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore is hopping on his bike in aid of Parkinson’s UK.
Sebastian Sewell set himself the challenge of cycling 500km in a month after Captain Tom’s family called on people to continue his legacy through charitable work.
He clocked up the miles on routes throughout the borough passing through Knowle, Lapworth, Tanworth in Arden and Cheswick Green.
Last Sunday, May 2, he embarked on his longest leg – a 125km ride from the medical engineering company, Waters in Shirley where he works to the Waters Wilmslow site in Manchester.
Sebastian said: “To go between my workplace in Solihull to the Waters Wilmslow site in Manchester seemed like a good idea as the distance was a challenge but also promotes the good work we do at Waters to those who may have never heard of the company.
“The biggest motivation has been my friends and family, they’re are keeping me inspired to keep peddling even when I have felt weak and the weather is tough, whilst also keeping me updated on how the donations are going.”
Sebastian is cycling in honour of his dad who has had Parkinson’s for 12 years.
His dad is involved in the running of the Parkinson’s Solihull branch, a place were they support people suffering with Parkinson’s through singing groups, exercise classes and various other activities to keep them included and stay active.
When Sebastian started his venture he wanted to raise £1,000 however his total is now more than £2300.
He said: “When I started fundraising I was nervous that it wouldn’t attract enough but once the money started to go up and the page was being shared it felt like it wasn’t going to stop.
“Achieving £1,000 was great and when it got to £1,500 we couldn’t believe it.
“It’s already exceeded all of my expectations so whatever the total ends on is an amazing result.”
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