Emsworth girl to cycle in memory of grandad

Jessica Webb
Jessica Webb

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AN INSPIRATIONAL running and cycling journey around the coast of Great Britain has spurred on a schoolgirl.

Jessica Webb, nine, from Emsworth, was amazed by cyclist Kris King’s 34-day challenge to raise awareness of, and money for research into, Huntington’s disease.

Jessica’s grandfather Tony Wozniak died from the disease five years ago, aged 61. Her uncle Andrew, 40, also has it.

On Saturday the St James’ Primary School pupil will cycle from her home in Racton Road all the way to Chichester to raise money for research into the disease.

She said: ‘I am doing this bike ride for HD because my uncle Andrew has Huntington’s Disease and my grandad died from it.

‘I was inspired by Kris King who ran and cycled around the coast of Britain.

‘He raised thousands of pounds for HD and met lots of people on his challenge which helped raised awareness.

‘I am extremely excited and looking forward to this bike ride, as I love cycling.

‘My target was to raise around £150 pounds and so far I have raised £156.’

Mr King, from Sheffield passed through Emsworth on his epic journey around the coast and Jessica got to meet him.

He has since been nominated for a Pride of Britain award.

Huntington’s Disease is a genetic degenerative brain disorder.