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Fundraisers are ready to ride for George

Fundraisers will be on a roll this weekend when they take on an indoor group cycling challenge to help ease a Fenland youngster's daily struggle.

Riding for George

The Riding for George event, in honour of five-year-old trooper George Hall, is being held at the New Vision Fitness George Campbell Leisure Centre in March on Sunday, August 20, with four one-hour classes from 10am to 2pm.

The event will be raising money towards a £6,000 appeal for George, who was born with no pulmonary heartbeat and brain damage - and given only a 50% chance of survival.

George, who lives in West Walton with his family and attends West Walton Community Primary School, is partially deaf, globally delayed and requires daily physiotherapy to help his mobility.

He loves swimming twice-a-week and it helps to reduce the pain in his muscles, but as he has trouble hearing in the water the family launched the appeal to buy George two waterproof hearing aids.

More than £4,700 has already been raised, and organisers of the group cycling challenge are hoping they can raise enough to smash the target.

The idea for the event came from local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Sue Clarke, and has organised it with the help of Spinning instructor and retained crew commander for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, Wayne Marshall.

"I like organising charity events," said Sue. "I heard about the appeal for George so I rang his mum out of the blue and said I'd like to help; I'd never met George or his mum before. I enjoy Wayne's Spinning classes and asked if he would help me, and he didn't hesitate.

"We want to help George continue to do what he loves the most and raise money towards his waterproof hearing aids."

George's mum Susie said: "The generosity of people that don't even know us is just overwhelming; I can't thank Sue, Wayne and all the people who will be taking part in the event enough. Swimming really helps George and every penny raised for him will help to ensure he can keep doing it for as long as he can."

Several people have already signed up to the challenge, with some fitness fanatics saddling up for all four of the classes. More bikes have also been drafted in for the event, with a few spaces still available.

Councillor Michelle Tanfield, Portfolio Holder for Leisure at Fenland District Council, which runs the New Vision Fitness leisure centres, wished the fundraisers good luck.

"It's great to see members of the community coming together to support someone in need," she said. "I hope the event is a great success and lots of funds are raised for George."

George visited the George Campbell Leisure Centre last week to meet Sue, Wayne and some of the fundraisers, and will be attending the event on Sunday with mum, dad Will and older siblings Oliver and Rebecca.

Anyone wanting to sign up for the challenge can contact Sue on 07850 172412 or Wayne on 07985 854143.

To make a donation to George's appeal visit his Go Fund Me page.

Article added: August 17, 2017