Fareham dad battles hurricane to raise money

Simon Burton with his son Jacob
Simon Burton with his son Jacob
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DETERMINED Simon Burton battled high winds and heavy rain to raise money for a charity close to his heart.

The father of three, from Fareham, cycled 84 miles through the remnants of Hurricane Bertha as it hit the UK, to raise money for charity, the National Autistic Society.

Originally, the cycle ride was 100 miles long but the stormy conditions of the hurricane backlash caused it to be cut short as the last 16 miles were deemed to dangerous. But he managed to smash his target of £250 by raising more than £1,000.

Simon, a software tester for Barclays, said: ‘The charity has helped me and my wife Rachel and it’s nice to give something back. This is the second year I’ve completed the challenge.’

The 37-year-old’s son Jacob, aged seven, has autism and he was Simon’s inspiration for completing the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 this month.

During the race, in which 24,000 other cyclists took part, he contended with the after-effects of Hurricane Bertha as it hit Britain and finished the course in just over four hours, with an average speed of 20mph.

Simon added: ‘At times the conditions made it unbelievably difficult, but everyone was in the same situation.

‘There was a lot of surface water and at times I was riding through water up to my ankles.

‘But you can only get so wet, and there’s nothing you can do about it.’

Simon has raised more than £500 which his employers are going to match – taking the total to more than £1,000.

He said: ‘I’ve seen myself what a difference this charity can make. I know how important their help is.’

To donate, visit Simon’s Just Giving page at justgiving.com/Simon-Burton-RL2014/