Lilly’s really pushing herself to complete a big challenge

Lilly da Gama
Lilly da Gama
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Detemined Lilly da Gama is hoping to cycle 60 miles to raise money for a centre close to her heart.

The 24-year-old has Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) - a rare condition which affects only 1 in 100,000 people and means Lilly has to use a wheelchair.

But she isn’t letting her disability stop her and is raising money for the The Walton Neuroscience Fund.

The charity works out of the Walton Centre, which has helped Lilly since her diagnosis five years ago.

Starting next month, Lilly will be using a special bike to cycle two miles a day.

She says: ‘Medicotech, a company which makes equipment for people with disabilities, has lent me a special bike to do the charity challenge. When I first used the 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 I set myself the challenge of trying to do one mile in 10 minutes.

‘I kept pushing myself and managed to do it but it was really hard work.

‘So I thought 60 miles was the perfect distance because it would be challenging but hopefully do-able.’

Lilly, from Fratton, Portsmouth, would like to raise £1,000 but thinks £500 is a reachable target.

She adds: ‘My friends have been really supportive of the challenge. ‘

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