Lilly completes challenge and smashes fundraising target

Lilly da Gama

Lilly da Gama

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Thanks to generous donations and hard work, Lilly da Gama has smashed her fundraising target.

In October, Lilly set herself a charity challenge to cycle 60 miles on a special bike to raise money for The Walton Neuroscience Fund.

The charity means a lot to her because it has helped Lilly since she was diagnosed with Neuromyelitis Optica - a rare condition which put her in a wheelchair.

But determination and wanting to give something back to the centre pushed Lilly to complete her 60-mile cycle.

And during the 31-day challenge, in which she cycled two miles a day on a Medicotech bike, Lilly has raised more than £800.

She say: ‘When I first used the Medicotech bike, it was really hard and I only managed to do just over half-a-mile in one go.

‘I was spending a week at the centre using the bike so set myself a challenge of doing a mile in 10 minutes.

‘I kept pushing myself and managed to do it.

‘Once I had done that, I wanted to give something back.

‘So I thought of the 60-mile challenge.

‘That was the perfect distance because it would be challenging but doable.’

Lilly finished the challenge after an exhausting month.

But she managed to smash her target of £500.

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