Wortwell singer Simon says disability will not hinder 400-mile charity bike ride

Simon Kinderleysides who will hand cycle from London to Paris in July 2015.
Simon Kinderleysides who will hand cycle from London to Paris in July 2015.

For south Norfolk singer and wheelchair user Simon Kindleysides, the concerns which surround his planned journey from London to Paris in a hand-powered cycle for charity only motivate him further.

Mr Kindleysides, who lives in High Road, Wortwell, will travel more than 400 miles for Skyline’s annual cross-channel Charity Bike Ride in July, to raise money for the Brain and Spine Foundation.

A full-time wheelchair user since April 2013, Mr Kindleysides suffers from functional neurological disorder, which has left him disabled from the waist down, and is also undergoing treatment for a small tumour growing on his brain.

He told the Diss Express: “If people tell me I can’t do something, that just drives me to do it even more.

“Because of my condition, I want to help people and I thought I would challenge myself to the max.

“It’s a huge challenge, so I don’t want to just do the bare minimum.”

At the time of going to press, Mr Kindleysides has raised £193.44 of his £3,000 goal on his Just Giving web page.

He is currently seeking sponsorship on a hand cycle, in the hope of completing around three to four months of intense training ahead of the challenge.

A fundraising event will be held on March 8 at Wortwell Community Centre, featuring activities and stalls for all ages.

Mr Kindleysides, who has previously auditioned for television programmes like Britain’s Got Talent and The X-Factor, added: “I’m very excited. When you actually sit down and agree to something like this, that’s when it really hits you.

“But with all the brilliant support, I feel a lot of people are helping and so that drive will give me the boost of energy I need to do it.

“I know this will be difficult, but some day I want to be able to tell my kids I have biked from London to Paris.”

To support Mr Kindleysides in his efforts, please visit www.justgiving.com/simonFND or text SKUK99, followed by the amount you wish to pledge, to 70070.

Anybody interested in sponsoring his hand cycle is asked to email handbike2015@hotmail.com