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Bury dad Neil pedals to pounds around East Anglia’s coast

Three-year-old Seth Maxwell looks proud of his dad Neil at the end of his long distance bike ride
Three-year-old Seth Maxwell looks proud of his dad Neil at the end of his long distance bike ride

When Neil Maxwell decided to cycle around the coast of East Anglia for the William’s Syndrome Foundation, he hoped to raise £1,000.

But having done the ride, he is well on the way to doubling his target with £1,905 on his Just Giving page by Tuesday.

Neil, 40, of Chalk Road, Bury St Edmunds, is a keen cyclist and spent June 11 to 14 cycling the 300.8 miles from Southend Pier to Heacham, along the coast, then back across Norfolk and Suffolk to Bury.

After the ride he said: “It was fairly tough going at times in the heat and wind on the Friday, then an afternoon of rain on the Saturday.”

Neil chose the William’s Syndrome Trust because he and his wife Zoe’s son Seth, aged three, has the condition, which affects only one in 25,000 people.

Neil explained: “It affects his development, physically and mentally.

“He’s small for his age and it holds up his reaching milestones like walking and talking.

“There are also health issues with their hearts and kidneys. They have hyper elasticity that affects their joints and the heart valves.

“But he is a happy little three-year-old and another bonus is that they have an affinity with music. He hears harmonies we barely notice.”

The Williams Syndrome Foundation was founded in 1980 and is run by families to support families, as well as to fund research projects. Visit www.williams-syndrome.org.uk

Neil added: “It would be really great if we could raise £2000, I’m sure the foundation would be delighted.”

You can sponsor him at www.justgiving.com/neilswheels


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