A man who cycled hundreds of miles to raise vital funds for local people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) and national research into the condition has raised more than £1800.
Local man Eddie Brady, from Plawsworth in Durham, completed a seven-day cycle of almost 290 miles along the west coast of Scotland, from Glasgow to Gretna, followed by a second 100-mile cycle challenge in August.
Eddie battled wind and rain to complete the Scotland event, cycling on average 41 miles per day whilst climbing over 12,000 feet. He then went on to cycle 100 miles in one day at the Ride London event on 4th August.
All the funds raised, a total of £1,806.43, will go towards supporting local people in Durham who are affected by MS and to support further research into the condition nationally. In total, since Eddie began fundraising for the MS Society, he has raised over £10,000 for the charity.
Multiple Sclerosis affects around 100,000 people in the UK and is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults. It is a lifelong condition which can affect the brain and spinal cord, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.
Eddie’s wife, Suzanne, was diagnosed with MS nine years ago and he has already raised thousands of pounds for MS research by cycling from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Tynemouth in North Tyneside, a journey of 150 miles, and then riding from Aberdeen to Edinburgh.
He said: “I’m really pleased that people have generously donated to raise vital funds which will hopefully make a difference to those living with and affected by multiple sclerosis.
“Breakthroughs in the relentless struggle against MS are only possible because people generously support the fight. Each hour of research costs around £90.
“The funds raised will go towards the local North Durham group of the MS Society and the national charity, to assist people locally and to help with important research into this condition. Everyday people in our own communities struggle to get out of bed, move around the house, get out to see friends or shop for essentials. All the things many of us take for granted. There are ways their lives can be made easier and raising funds can help provide transport, mobility aids and opportunities for people to come together.”
Team Volunteer, Alistair Crisp, said: “We would like to say well done and thank you to Eddie and Suzanne for their fundraising efforts. We are always grateful to anyone who fundraises on behalf of the group, and the MS Society nationally. There are more than 400 people living with MS in the North Durham area and anything anyone can do to raise those vital funds to help and support them is greatly appreciated.”