Young stroke survivor from Welling set to tackle Thames Bridges Bike Ride
PUBLISHED: 15:29 14 April 2016
Eight-year-old Mason takes on 50-mile challenge
A eight-year-old stroke survivor from Welling is set to take part in the Stroke Association’s Thames Bridges Bike Ride to raise vital funds for the charity.
Mason White, who had a stroke during his birth, plans to take on the 50 mile route along with his family on Sunday, June 26.
Mason’s father, Francis, said: “We thought our world had fallen apart when we discovered Mason had had a stroke during childbirth.
“But our little boy is a real fighter, and despite the damage to his brain, thankfully he has no lasting effects.
“This will be our second time taking part in the Thames Bridges Bike Ride. Last year Mason absolutely loved it – he cycled 10 miles across London with such enthusiasm!
“We got him a new bike for Christmas so he could take part again this year. Mason wants to go further this year, and is challenging himself to cycle 50 miles.”
Rob Hope, fundraising manager from the Stroke Association, said: “With around 152,000 strokes a year in the UK – that’s around one every three and a half minutes - it is vital that we have people like Mason to help raise funds.
“We’re really grateful to Mason and Francis for all their support – it’s fantastic to see Mason truly making the most of life after his stroke. This devastating condition can leave people with a lifetime of disability, and the funds raised by Mason and his family will help ensure we can be there for even more families affected by stroke.”
The Thames Bridges Bike Ride is on June 26 and starts and finishes at Lee Valley VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Supporters can take part in our 8, 35 or 50 mile route. For more information, visit www.stroke.org.uk/TBBR2016