A severely disabled Skegness man has been left ‘gob-smacked’ by a friend’s courageous efforts to cycle 95 miles for his new wheelchair appeal.
Shaun Savory set out this morning from his Cavendish Road home towards Derby hoping to top the £375 he has already raised for Steven Huckle’s appeal.
Shaun, who met Steven while working as a bar-tender at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, had been keen to support his friend, having seen his condition deteriorate over the years.
“I’ve got two disabled cousins myself and I just want to see him be able to get along like everyone else.
“I’ve known him for around five years and as I heard about the appeal I knew I wanted to get involved.”
The 25-year-old father of one, who is expecting his second child within three weeks, has been a keen cyclist all his life, but never undertaken a challenge of such enormity.
“I was really excited about it until last night and then I thought it’s tomorrow and became a little nervous,” he said.
“But I’ve just got to be careful on the road - there’s a long journey ahead of me and I’m going to be all by myself so I’ve taken my phone to keep in touch with people on the way.”
The former Derby resident is hoping to complete the journey in around 10 hours and is looking forward to greeting his family and friends in his old hometown.
He will be updating his progress on Facebook and asking shopkeepers along the route to sign his form to prove he’s made it all the way.
Steven, who suffers from osteoporosis, brittle bone syndrome, and muscular dystrophy, has raised roughly half the £12,495 needed for a standing wheelchair to help him gain greater independence.
He has been bowled over by the local community’s kindness and generosity and was particularly touched by Shaun’s efforts today.
“I was gobsmacked,” he said.
“I’m so proud of him - he is one of those people who will step up and offer to help whenever he can.”
Ex-Servicemen’s Club committee member David Findley bid Shaun farewell on his travels this morning and offered his support on behalf of the club.
“I think it’s marvellous,” he said,
“It’s the right kind of challenge and I think Shaun will do it because he’s the kind of lad who, if he says he will do something, he will...hopefully.”
To donate to Shaun’s sponsorship total, visit the Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Grand Parade, Skegness, or any of the other local businesses with collection buckets, including Murray’s News, Nicolas Nursery World and Lite Bites.