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01 May 2020

Lisa Southon’s 500-mile cycle

When is this event::

Start: May 1 @ 8:00 am
End: May 31 @ 5:00 pm

Venue

Across the UK
United Kingdom

Cycling 15-20 miles a day with a Mum in hospital recovering from a transplant and a family to look after is a huge ask. Incredibly, Lisa did not only manage this, but cycled an extra 100 miles! That’s 600 miles in May alone!

Despite an initial setback, the task gave Lisa a real focus while her Mum recovers and she feels overwhelmed by the generosity of her supporters.

"IT GAVE ME A FOCUS DURING A DIFFICULT TIME, AND I FELT LIKE I WAS MAKING A DIFFERENCE"
Lisa reflects on her challenge and offers some advice for future cycling fundraisers:

“I completed 500 miles with 3 days left so I decided to push myself and continue through the month. I feel proud to have cycled 600 miles, fitting the challenge around my family commitments.

“On day 2, I fell off my bike which knocked my confidence a bit. Being a fair-weather cyclist, I found the grey and windy days challenging. Luckily, for most of May it was glorious which made it easier.

“I am so grateful for people’s kindness during the challenge which definitely inspired me to keep going, especially when my legs were tired from the day before.

“To other budding cyclists, I say go for it! It gave me a focus during a difficult time, and I felt like I was making a difference. The physical challenge also had its benefits and I believe I’ve motivated others to start riding and keep fit.

To donate to Lisa’s event, visit her JustGiving page on: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LJSouthon. Please support with as much as you can!

Read more about the 500 mile cycle event at https://mdspatientsupport.org.uk/event/cycle-500-miles-for-mds-uk/.

MDS UK would like to say a huge thank you to Lisa and everyone who supported her! These events are crucial to us in these challenging times. We wish Lisa’s Mum a speedy recovery!

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