Wortwell singer Simon says disability will not hinder 400-mile charity bike ride
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 firstname.lastname@example.org