Harvey gets help thanks to off-road bike riders

RIDE Lieutenants Simon Cave, Nathan Geddes, Matt Windross, Matt Jakes and Carl Perry at the beginning of the challenge
RIDE Lieutenants Simon Cave, Nathan Geddes, Matt Windross, Matt Jakes and Carl Perry at the beginning of the challenge
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FIVE cyclists from HMS Sultan have endured a 100-mile ride across the South Downs for charity.

Lieutenant Simon Cave led the team, which has raised £441 for the Help 4 Harvey charity. Help4Harvey supports three-year-old Harvey Young, the nephew of Lieutenant Mike Young who works in the Defence School of Marine Engineering.

Harvey has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy, which affects movement in the legs.

He has recently had surgery for the condition, which leaves sufferers unable to use their legs properly unless treated, and now faces several years of intensive physiotherapy.

The team travelled from Winchester to Eastbourne, and covered over 3,500 metres of hill climbs across two days.

Simon said: ‘I am a relatively experienced off-road cyclist for some of the team involved this was the first time they had experienced anything like this, particularly over this sort of distance.

‘The fact that this was a charity ride gave us focus and the camaraderie within the team helped us to the end and we were all delighted to complete the challenge.’

To donate go to justgiving.com/teams/sdwride.