Cyclists ride from Old Trafford to Blackpool Tower for disabled youngster

4:52pm Monday 15th July 2013

HUNDREDS of people enjoyed a “towering” ride when they saddled up for a 64-mile bike ride from Old Trafford in Manchester to Blackpool’s South Shore.

Among them were cyclists from Bury Richard and Lisa Morley, and their 17-year-old daughter Hattie, who were cycling on Sunday to raise money to buy a mobile hoist for Tottington teenager Ethan Wright, who is confined to a wheelchair.

The 14-year-old, from Laburnum Avenue, suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy which causes muscle weakness, and the hoist, which costs more than £2,000, would help him to get around more.

The Morleys, from Woolfold, heard about Ethan’s condition through Hattie, who has spent time with him during the school holidays, going on days out and trips to the cinema.

She was amazed by the difficulty that Ethan faces when trying to do the most basic things that most people take for granted, and decided to do something to help.

Speaking before the ride, Mrs Morley, aged 47, said: “Ethan probably wouldn’t thank me for saying it but he really is quite an inspirational young man, stubborn and opinionated, but great company and he has an insane sense of humour.

“We’re really looking forward to the challenge but more than that we hope we manage to raise enough money to make Ethan’s life a little easier.”

Anyone wanting to contribute to their fundraising effort should call Charlotte, Ethan’s mother, on 07585 556 636.


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