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Mates’ epic UK ride for Muscular Dystrophy

FORMER ABC broadcaster Peter Gee and his cycling mate Adrian Smith are preparing for an epic journey, with the duo set to ride the length of the United Kingdom in June to raise money for a local family in need.

The challenging ride – which has become known as “LEJOG” as it starts at Land’s End in southern England and ends at John o’ Groats in northern Scotland – will see the duo cycle 1,700 kilometres over 15 days.

Along the way they hope to raise $50,000 to help the family of Bridgewater High School student Declyn Hill, who lives with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

“Adrian and I have been daydreaming about this ride for years and thought if we did it we’d try to raise as much money as possible for a young Tasmanian boy whose muscular dystrophy wouldn’t allow him to do such a thing,” Peter said.

“While Declyn is currently mobile, he and his parents are working with an occupational therapist to get a wheelchair for him.

“With a new wheelchair will come the need for a wheelchair-accessible vehicle and a ramp at their home.”

Muscular Dystrophy Tasmania president Michael Peters said the charity will greatly appreciate the money raised by the pair.

“Declyn’s family are facing some challenges in the future, as Duchenne muscular dystrophy sees muscle condition deteriorate over time and mobility becomes more difficult,” he said.

“We regularly fundraise for things like wheelchairs, ramps, wheelchair accessible motor vehicles and hydrotherapy pools.

“All money donated to Peter and Adrian’s ride will go directly to helping Declyn and his family purchase a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, so people know that their donation will absolutely be making a difference.”

Co-Op Toyota has agreed to sell MDT a vehicle at cost price. The ride is also being supported by Cor Comms, Creative Imagery, John X Presents, Coles Bay Triathlon, The Tasman Hotel and Trail Science.

A series of fundraising events will be held in the lead-up to the ride, including a concert in March and a gala cabaret night in May.

You can follow their adventures on the Muscular Dystrophy Tasmania Facebook page and through their podcast, ‘Pushing It Up Hill’, on Spotify and Apple Music.

All donations over $2 are tax deductable. Go to lejogbikeride.gofundraise.com.au

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