Bury St Edmunds brothers to cycle hundreds of miles for Epilepsy Society

Peter and Joshua Bryan
Peter and Joshua Bryan

Two brothers are preparing to cycle 1,000 miles in 10 days for charity.

Peter Bryan, 18, and his brother, Joshua, 20, will set off for their gruelling Land’s End to John O’Groats bike ride on July 10.

The pair, from Bury St Edmunds, are hoping their efforts will raise at least £2,500 for the Epilepsy Society.

Peter, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2014, said: “I’m looking forward to it but it’s a big challenge so I’m a little bit nervous about being able to complete it in the time we’ve got.”

Although having been fit-free for two years, Peter still requires medication four times daily and lives under the cloud of his condition, which has previously forced him to give up his passion for lifeguarding.

He wanted to raise money for the Epilepsy Society because, as someone interested in sports, he is grateful for the support and advice the charity offers sufferers wanting to stay active, and for its research on finding ‘the right’ medication and cures.

He is also keen to use the bike challenge to raise awareness of epilepsy and the impact it can have on people’s lives.

“It’s not just blinking lights that set people off, there are may different forms of epilepsy, and it can really affect what people can do in not being able to drive or do certain jobs,” he said.

“I didn’t realise it can actually cause death. It can be really severe, or not as bad, but definitely more severe than most people realise,” he added.

To help the Bryan brothers reach their fund-raising target go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/peter-bryan.

To find out more about epilepsy visit www.epilepsysociety.org.uk.