Walthamstow ambulance worker completes solo cycle challenge

John Wright at the starting line in Lands End, Cornwall

John Wright at the starting line in Lands End, Cornwall

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An ambulance service worker has cycled the length of the UK to raise money and awareness of an incurable neurological disorder.

John Wright, of Cornwallis Road in Walthamstow, rode from Lands End to John O'Groats. 

The 51-year-old public education officer and paramedic of twenty years completed the 1,100 mile ride on August 11, after riding for 75 miles each day for just over two weeks. 

Mr Wright was raising awareness of Antaxia after his friend's son, James Gunn, was diagnosed at the age of eight. 

It is an incurable degenerative neurological disorder affecting balance, co-ordination and speech and has left James, now at the age of sixteen, in a wheelchair.

Mr Wright said: "I had been planning this for nine months and luckily I had no injuries, although I did get caught it the most horrendous storm in the CairnGorm mountain range and had to take cover for four hours. 

"It was good to finally get there and I couldn't have done it without (partner) Teresa's support, cooked meals and knowing I had a cold beer waiting for me". 

He has raised almost £1,200 through his JustGiving page

Mr Wright is the only person employed by the LAS with the specialist role of working with young people involved in knife and gun crime. 

For the last five years, he has visited youth centres, schools and young offenders to educate them on the consequences of sustaining or inflicting knife or bullet injuries.                              

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