Cycle challenge from Town to Toon raises charity cash

Mark Embleton and his son Oliver.
Mark Embleton and his son Oliver.
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A Rushden man and four of his family members have completed a grueling 350mile cycle challenge from Northampton to Newcastle, raising more than £4,000 to help fight a devastating muscle-wasting condition that affects his son.

Mark Embleton, 30, of Chapel Close Rushden, decided to raise the funds for charity after one of his twin sons, Oliver, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The intrepid five, Mark, Garrie Kinghorn, Lee Embleton, Steven Embleton and Geoff Moore, took on the tough five-day journey to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, and completed the task on Friday May 31.

Mr Embleton said: “Oliver was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in January. He is only 4 years old, but already he is unable to do the things that his twin brother does now. It is likely that Oliver will need to use a wheelchair by the time he is 10 years old.

“Before the ride we were all very nervous – it was a major challenge for us. However, we were all absolutely determined to succeed. We had the motivation of helping to find a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy to see us through to the end.

“We would like to thank family and friends for their remarkable support.”

The condition causes muscles to weaken and waste over time, leading to increasingly severe disability and significantly shortening life-expectancy.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund, which has been set up to plough £1.6million into projects being run by leading scientists to find a treatment for the condition.

Charlotte Allen, volunteer fundraising manager for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign in the Midlands, said: “We want to thank Mark and the team for taking on such a tough challenge and supporting the Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund.

“Scientists are working around the clock to develop a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and it is only with the tireless fundraising of people like Mark, Garrie, Lee, Steven and Geoff that we can ensure funding is available to keep this absolutely vital work going.”

If you would like to support Mark and the team then you can do so by visiting their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/town2toon