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JONATHAN PUTS IN PEDAL POWER TO SUPPORT NEWLIFE

A kind-hearted cyclist has conquered a mammoth biking challenge to support children living with a disability or terminal illness.

Jonathan Kirkman rode 150 miles across Yorkshire in one day and hopes to raise £500 for Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children so charity can continue helping families during lockdown

The 33-year-old, from Hull, East Yorkshire, set off on the cycle across the county in the early hours of  the morning on Friday, May 15.

He chose to support Newlife after his friend who works with disabled children recommended the charity to him.

“I wanted to get back on my feet whilst in lockdown and raise some money for charity at the same time,” said Jonathan.

“When I was told about Newlife it sounded like a wonderful charity to support. It’s a difficult time for everyone at the moment and it’s not just the kids who need support but the families too.

“The ride was a tough personal challenge. I went without money and ended up relying on the kindness of strangers who charged my phone and topped up my water bottle.

“It was difficult at times but this was to be expected as I’d never gone further than 100 miles in one sitting before.”

It’s not the first time Jonathan has taken on a cycling challenge – the ex-Navy engineer previously cycled 480 miles from Hull to Land’s End to raise funds for charity.

This time the route will saw him ride along the River Humber, passing through the likes of Scunthorpe, Pontefract and Selby on the way.

Newlife, which has seen demand for its emergency loan services double since lockdown, is continuing to operate its vital services despite all of its stores being temporarily closed due to the pandemic.

It has launched a £72,000 national fundraising campaign to help ensure its nurse-run helpline and emergency equipment services can cope with demand during the lockdown.

To make a donation to Jonathan’s Just Giving page visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jon-kirkman3

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