STAFF at a sports nutrition store cycled for nine hours to raise awareness and cash for a man’s record-breaking charity attempt.
Richard Hunt, a Royal Navy veteran amputee, was at GNC Store in Fareham Shopping Centre to see the lads pedalling hard.
The 43-year-old is due to set off tomorrow on an attempt to kayak around the coast of Britain and break the solo kayaking distance record in aid of the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association (BLESMA).
He is doing the challenge to give something back to the charity that helped him after he was injured while serving with the military. He had 20 operations from 1988 until 1991 and eventually lost his left leg.
When the GNC store manager Chris Mould heard about Richard’s story, he rallied his staff into the fundraiser.
Chris, from Waterlooville, said: ‘We’ve been on the exercise bike that we borrowed from Fareham Leisure Centre for an hour on and an hour off.
‘It’s quite a challenge to do the nine hours but we wanted to raise awareness for what Richard is doing because it’s a hell of a challenge to go round the whole of the UK in a kayak.’
Craig Dunstane, 21, and Jourdan Oakley, 22, both from Paulsgrove, also took turns on the exercise bike.
Craig said Richard was an inspiration to him: ‘As an aspiring Royal Marine officer myself, I think it’s fantastic.’
Richard spent an hour at the shop.
Richard said: ‘It’s absolutely brilliant.
‘It’s guys like this, through their efforts, who have enabled me to do what I’m going to be doing and take the challenge on.’
The store raised £111 on the day. GNC has also said it will sponsor Richard £1,000 and supply him with sports supplements for along his travels.
Richard will launch tomorrow from HMS Victory in Portsmouth, as his final navy posting was in the admin department there
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